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.
Find out how to compost food from your business
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 has staff that can provide you with free customizable tools, resources and support to help your business set up or improve a program to separate food scraps for compost:
Metro Council has adopted food scraps policy for businesses
The Metro Council adopted a policy that requires certain types of food service businesses in the greater Portland area to keep their food scraps separate from garbage.
This policy will be implemented starting in 2020 with the businesses that generate the largest quantities of food scraps. Smaller businesses will 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. They can connect you with a contact in your area who can assist you with reducing food waste at your business.