The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP21) has developed a free, interactive toolkit that municipalities can use to design, implement, and manage food waste programs at the local level.
How to Build a Municipal Food Waste Strategy: A Toolkit for New York State Municipalities is a three-part toolkit designed to assist communities large and small with building programs for reducing wasted food that are realistic and results driven.
NYSP2I food waste experts will host a virtual webinar at 10 am on May 26th, where they will breakdown key aspects of building and maintaining a successful food waste management plan. Registration is required and can be completed online.
Recently DEC hosted a webinar providing an update on the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling law. The recorded webinar and presentation are now available for viewing.
On June 1st, 2021, DEC will be publishing the following information:
- Methodology used to determine designated food scraps generators (DFSG)
- List of DFSG required to donate
- List of DFSG required to donate and recycle
- Wavier form for DFSG
- Annual report form for DFSG
- List of food scraps recyclers
- List of food scraps transporters
The webinar “Your Business is Required to Comply, Now What?” is set for June 22nd, registration is opening soon
To get the latest information, sign up to receive NYS Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling law announcements. More information on the NYS Food Donation & Food Scraps Recycling law is available online.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans, and they are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture.
Cooperative agreements support projects led by local governments that:
- Generate compost
- Increase access to compost for agricultural producers
- Reduce reliance on and limit the use of fertilizer
- Improve soil quality
- Encourage waste management and permaculture business development
- Increase rainwater absorption
- Reduce municipal food waste
- Divert food waste from landfills
Applications can be completed online, and will be accepted until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on July 16th, 2021. Projects should span two years with a start date of September 25th, 2021 and completion date of September 25th, 2023.