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New Guidance For Special Event Food Waste Diversion


BioCycle, October 2010

The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC) is nearing completion of a three-year demonstration project for special event food waste diversion. Funded by an EPA New England Resource Conservation Challenge Grant, the project included conducting food waste diversion pilot programs in four states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut.

The programs demonstrated different methodologies for designing and implementing diversion programs for pre and postconsumer food as well as compostable service ware and soiled paper. The project addressed reuse (food donation) and diversion through composting.

Research and results from the diversion events contributed to a new guidance document posted on NERC’s web page at

The “Guidance for Special Event Food Waste Diversion” publication and supporting documents offer a detailed resource for developing and implementing organics diversion programs. The document includes several case studies, sample contracts, signage, a food waste management plan template, volunteer training tips, a sample food waste vendor survey and introductory letter. For additional information, contact NERC Projects Manager Athena Lee Bradley at or (802) 254-3636.