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Implement a state tax credit for farmers and others who donate surplus food. Currently, there is no state tax credit for food donation and only C-corporations are eligible for the federal enhanced tax credits and most Massachusetts farmers do not meet these criteria.
Explore and implement financial incentives and service fees to support food donation distributors, many of which rely exclusively on charitable donations to fund their work.
Increase refrigerated storage capacity at food pantries through public funding or connections with under-used, existing, nearby facilities to allow food pantries to accept more donations of fresh, perishable foods.
Increase participation in existing education and training around the handling of fresh food for those donating, distributing, and serving the food. Best management practices are being developed through a collaborative effort of the EPA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health(DPH), and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), with support from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Center for Ecological Technology.
Increase education and consistent implementation of public health regulations regarding food donation.
Create a communication network so that farmers can connect with volunteers willing to harvest and distribute a crop in an overly abundant year.
Facilitate reuse of non-hazardous food processing wastewater
Maximize opportunities for anaerobic digestion at municipal wastewater treatment facilities that are designed to handle food waste materials.
Develop a market for solids and liquids produced during the anaerobic digestion process.
Support infrastructure development for handling and preparing food waste for anaerobic digestion, including packaged foods and industrial waste water.
Create a network of food scrap transfer stations to provide more efficient delivery of food waste to anaerobic digestion facilities.
Advance and incentivize smaller-scale anaerobic digestion technology installations for farms, schools, supermarkets and at other sites such as state prisons and colleges and universities.
Expand the variety of composting site locations, capabilities (including technologies to separate packaging as well as livestock carcasses), and scales able to handle the range of compost materials.
Provide technical assistance to increase the prevalence of community scale composting operations, creating high-quality and affordable compost, particularly near farms.
Support the development of equipment and processes to separate packaging from food waste.
Train food scrap generators to avoid contamination of food waste.
Develop compost sites that reduce nuisance conditions, while still producing a viable soil amendment product from the process.
Create a state procurement preference for Massachusetts-produced compost. State contracts and other large purchasers should specify the type and quality of compost for varying uses (e.g., athletic fields, holding slopes).
Include Massachusetts-produced compost in marketing efforts for locally produced agricultural products.
Provide technical assistance to small-scale composters to help prepare and package compost so it is ready for distribution and retail sale.