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Frequently Asked Questions



Q: I’m new to this subject. What should I know about the food waste dilemma?

A: Check out the content and videos on this page for lots of information on the subject of wasted food.

Food Waste Management

Q: I know I generate food waste but I don’t know how much. How do I figure this out?

A: For a ballpark estimate, try using this estimation calculator. For a more accurate figure, consider conducting a food waste assessment at your facility utilizing our Food Waste Assessment Toolbox.

Q: How do I find composters or digesters in my area?

A: Try using our Organics Resource Locator and filtering the map by the facilities you’re interested in.

Q: I’ve already completed a food waste assessment, but I want to do more. Do you have any suggestions?

A: The next step is understanding your options. Now that you have the key information, visit this page, where you will find a Step-by-Step guide to managing your food waste. You’ve already taken the first two steps, so pick up at Step 3: Consider Your Options. If you want hands on assistance, contact NYSP2I for more help.

Q: I’m thinking of expanding my organics processing facility or starting a new one in NYS. What considerations should I be making?

A: This page will give you a high level overview of the process you’ll have to go through. However, for specifics you’ll need to get in touch with the NYSDEC office in your region.

Q: I want to divert my food scraps and excess food, but I’m worried it will cost me money. How can I do this cost effectively?

A: Reducing the amount of food waste you produce is the most effective way to save money. Whether or not you will save money diverting food waste depends a lot on where you’re located and what your landfill disposal costs are in comparison to your local diversion options. It is more realistic to find a cost competitive or cost neutral option than a cost savings when diverting food waste. Use this mapping tool to find facilities near you to contact about pricing.

Available Resources for Businesses

Q: What funding is available for businesses trying to implement food waste reduction and diversion methods?

A: Visit our funding page, that outlines the different options available.

Common Concerns

Q:  I am having difficulty keeping contamination levels down when source separating my food waste. How can I improve this?

A: Visit our source separation page, which outlines the best practices for source separating food waste as well as ways to ease into the practice at your own business.

Q: I have excess edible food that ends up being thrown away. I want to donate more, but I’m nervous about liability. Should I be?

A: There are significant protections for businesses making food donations in good faith. Read more about how you’re protected here.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Contact NYSP2I directly to talk with one of our experts.