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New York State Pollution Prevention Institute New York State Pollution Prevention Institute


Food Waste Diversion

Every year, 63 million tons of food go to waste in the United States—that means 40% of all food that’s produced is thrown away.

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) connects businesses, municipalities, and communities across New York State with the funding, expertise, and practical tools they need to manage food waste.

Why it matters

  • It’s expensive: Food waste costs U.S. businesses nearly $59 billion annually.
  • It’s unnecessary: One-third of all food produced globally never gets eaten.
  • It’s a missed opportunity: Organic waste is a valuable resource that could fuel a more sustainable, circular economy.
  • It’s the law: In 2022, New York will become the sixth US state to mandate food waste diversion.


Who is eligible

Our services are available to any New York State-registered business or organization that generates or manages food waste in its activities. Clients in the following sectors may gain the most value from our work:

  • food production, processing, and manufacturing
  • grocery
  • food waste hauling
  • K-12 education
  • municipalities

What do we do

NYSP2I collaborates with businesses, municipalities, and community organizations in New York State to identify practical, cost-effective solutions for diverting, preventing, and managing food waste.

We aim to give our partners across the Empire State the tools and resources they need to solve problems associated with food waste and to build a more sustainable food system.

We provide our clients with expertise in the following focus areas:

  • pathway utilization to improve cost efficiencies
  • technology assessment and validation
  • process-effectiveness and -efficiency studies
  • sustainability strategy development and implementation
  • environmental impact evaluation


How much it costs

NYSP2I’s food-waste reduction management consultations are available at minimal cost, thanks to funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

In addition to subsidizing the cost of our services, we offer many opportunities for securing focused funding for a food-waste management project. Learn more below.

What services do we offer?

Why work with us?

Tackling food waste can yield many benefits for businesses, nonprofits, and municipal institutions who produce, prepare, or sell large amounts of food. Working with our team can help your organization to save money and resources.

We work with clients to achieve practical results, which may include

  • customized plans for managing food waste generation
  • methods and practices for producing or preparing food more efficiently
  • improved production processes to achieve better resource efficiency
  • educated staff members and stakeholders who can support food system sustainability goals
  • measurable goals that can support an overall commitment to sustainability

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