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66 Action Items Found

  • Inputs 1.1.1 Promote and leverage the MassDEP technical assistance service, RecyclingWorks, to help food waste generators comply with the waste ban.
  • Inputs 1.1.2 Provide technical assistance to municipalities to introduce their own voluntary programs for residential food waste disposal or food waste from institutions disposal below the one ton/week level.
  • Inputs 1.1.3 Explore expanding the statewide Commerical Food Waste Disposal Ban to phase in smaller food waste generators and residential food waste over time.
  • Inputs 1.2.1 Initiate a statewide food waste reduction campaign similar to the United Kingdom’s “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign or California’s “Food is Too Good to Waste” campaign to provide consumer education and highlight the environmental benefits of reducing food waste.
  • Inputs 1.2.2 Align state initiatives with the USEPA and USDA’s national goal to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030.
  • Inputs 1.2.3 Launch an educational campaign to teach consumers about when a product is still safe to eat, even past the expiration/sell by date.
  • Inputs 1.2.4 Clarify expiration/sell by dates, and reduce the number of foods that require a date label, using information from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic.[1]
  • Inputs 1.2.5 Support increased utilization of food waste tracking/auditing systems at large generators of food waste such as institutions and grocery stores, to improve management practices and better understand the amount of food waste generated and diverted.
  • Inputs 1.2.6 Encourage and support the development of innovative technology to efficiently separate food from packaging so more food can be composted or turned into energy.
  • Inputs 1.3.1 Increase outreach and education on food donation opportunities, including the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, which provides liability protections for donators.
  • Inputs 1.3.5 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.
  • Inputs 1.3.6 Increase education and consistent implementation of public health regulations regarding food donation.
  • Inputs 1.5.1 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.
  • Inputs 1.5.2 Provide technical assistance to increase the prevalence of community scale composting operations, creating high-quality and affordable compost, particularly near farms.
  • Inputs 1.5.3 Support the development of equipment and processes to separate packaging from food waste.
  • Inputs 1.5.4 Train food scrap generators to avoid contamination of food waste.
  • Inputs 1.5.5 Develop compost sites that reduce nuisance conditions, while still producing a viable soil amendment product from the process.
  • Inputs 2.1.1 Expand nutrient management planning and implementation technical assistance, especially in light of the new regulatory requirements. The NRCS, UMass Extension, Massachusetts’ Conservation Districts, and other technical assistance providers should provide increased resources and expertise.
  • Inputs 3.2.1 Develop and disseminate guidelines on voluntary on-farm water conservation best practices.
  • Inputs 3.2.2 Provide the resources and technical assistance needed to help farmers adapt to increased impacts from flooding, drought, and other expected impacts of climate change.