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?
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?
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.
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.