Food Waste Workshop to be Held in Barnstable

recyclingBARNSTABLE – A free workshop to help citizens, businesses and institutions understand and navigate the new Commercial Food Waste Ban will be held next week.

Food waste has compromised up to 20 percent of the Cape’s waste stream.

To encourage more diversion of food waste from landfills and incinerators, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently implemented a Commercial Food Waste Ban.

The ban prohibits disposal of commercial organic wastes by businesses and institutions across the state that dispose of one ton or more of these materials per week.

“It’s not a new thing and there’s definitely restaurants that are already doing it. This is just an opportunity for the restaurants to learn more about it, to learn best practices, and to hear from some experts about the best way to do it, in a way that’s healthy and can actually save them some money,” said Municipal Assistance Coordinator for Barnstable County/MassDEP David Quinn.

In advance of the implementation of the ban, Mass DEP also created a free assistance program called Recycling Works in Massachusetts to help businesses and institutions reduce waste, increase recycling and evaluate options for complying with the Commercial Food Waste Ban.

To help understand and navigate the new ban, the workshop will be held on Friday, October 30, at the Barnstable County Courthouse Complex from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

“It’s a relatively small amount of large restaurants and businesses that are going to be impacted by the ban, but I think this workshop would still be useful to restaurants of any size that are interested in trying to lower their trash costs, do something that’s good for the environment and do something that their customers might appreciate,” said Quinn.

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