This three-year project, funded by an EPA New England Resource Conservation Challenge Grant, piloted food waste composting at special events. Five pilots were conducted: SolarFest in Vermont, Sysco Food Show events in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Taste of Cambridge in Massachusetts, and a pilot event with Sodexo Food Services, which runs the concessions and catering for Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut. For three of the pilots, materials diverted included pre- and post-consumer food, as well as compostable flatware, plates, packaging, and napkins. At the Sysco food shows only pre-consumer food waste and soiled paper was diverted.
This unique undertaking involved the participation of NERC staff, state representatives, special event organizers, haulers, and compost processors.
Food waste management plans and case studies of the pilot projects are posted under "Special Events" on the Resources section of the NERC website.
The results of the pilots were analyzed and documented in a Guidance Document, a unique technical resource for special event planners to implement food waste diversion programs. Food Waste Management Plan Template (a Word document) and Special Event Composting - PowerPoint are also available.
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