Find out how to compost food from your business
While there is much that can be done to prevent food waste through careful planning, purchasing, and preparation, there are always food scraps that cannot be prevented but have better uses than being tossed into the garbage.
Many food service businesses in the greater Portland area already separate their food scraps from other garbage and put them in separate containers for collection by their garbage haulers. Food scraps are taken to facilities where they can be converted into compost or energy.
Your local government’s garbage and recycling staff can provide you with information and resources that can assist you, your employees and customers in helping to save money and protect our environment. Your local government team can also help you work with your garbage hauler to set up a collection system:
Metro Council considering food scraps policy for businesses
The Metro Council is considering a policy that, if adopted, would require certain types of food service businesses in the greater Portland area to keep their food scraps separate from garbage.
This policy would be implemented starting in 2020 with the businesses that generate the largest quantities of food scraps. Smaller businesses would be phased into this requirement over the following three years.
If your business is not located in the greater Portland area or otherwise covered by one of the jurisdictions listed above, call Metro’s Recycling Information Center at 503-234-3000 Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for information for your local government contact to assist you with reducing food waste at your business.