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About Us

About Us

About this Clearinghouse

This Food System Sustainability Clearinghouse was created in 2016 with the intent to help non-manufacturing food system entities reduce and divert their food waste. As more and more states adopt organic waste bans, it is crucial that food waste generators have alternatives to landfills and understand their options. This website uses the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy to outline the waste reduction and diversion methods, as well as offers a step-by-step guide to help institutions successfully handle their food waste.

This clearinghouse is part of a larger project undertaken by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) and funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) that focuses on reducing and better utilizing food waste in New York State.

We understand that there are several key players in creating a sustainable food system. This clearinghouse currently focuses on non-manufacturing businesses involved in food retail or service, though we plan to expand it to include haulers and recycling facilities in the future.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Clarkson University

University at Buffalo

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

About the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is headquartered at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and is a partnership between RIT, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Buffalo and the 10 NYS Regional Technology Development Centers.

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The mission of NYSP2I is to make New York State more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment, and the economy through:  

  • Reductions in toxic chemical use  
  • The efficient use of raw materials, energy and water  
  • Reductions in emissions to the environment and waste generation
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NYSP2I is an integrated program of several major elements:  

  • Technology research, development and diffusion
  • Outreach
  • Professional training
  • A community grants program
  • Academic educational programs