Institutional-Commercial Food Waste Reduction Tools

Food service industry generates a substantial amount of wasted food and packaging. Decreasing the amount of food waste and packaging could significantly reduce waste disposal costs and protect the environment. Some tools and resources are available for food service industry’s waste reduction.  

  •  Local governments can promote the donation of food waste. The supporting legislation for food donation is the Food Donor Encouragement Act.
  • The Supermarket Composting Handbook is a step by step guide for supermarkets to compost their food waste.
  • Other templates, sample language, and other resources for retailer’s composting needs can be found at: Food Recovery Resources for Service Providers  (USEPA). 
  • The Fork it Over! program in Portland, Oregon is designed to reduce hunger and waste in the Portland metropolitan area by connecting food businesses with food rescue agencies. 
  • The Community Angel Food Runner Program in Vancouver delivers quality food that is donated from restaurants, hotels, cafeterias and schools to meal-providing agencies. 
  • The Food Waste Cowboy (Maryland, U.S.A) tackles the food waste problem at the distributor level by helping food industry companies donate wholesome produce and other fresh food to food charities through sending alerts to the subscribers. 
  • Zero Percent, (Illinois, U.S.A.) targets retail food waste by sending out emails and text alerts to a pool of volunteers from non-profit groups when extra food becomes available. 
  • Foodstar (U.S.A.) FoodStar purchases deformed and non-market-desirable fruits and vegetables at very low cost and offers them at extreme-value discount pricing at supermarkets. FoodStar also works with groceries to cut down on in-store waste by scheduling “flash sales” inside their store through alerting the shoppers in the area via text messaging.