Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban Finalized Reply

On January 31, 2014, the Patrick Administration announced the final statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations. The ban will divert food waste away from solid waste disposal streams and into waste to energy-generating and composting facilities, as of October 1, 2014.

The press release announcing the regulations is available here:

Any organization that generates more than one ton of organic material per week will be banned from disposing, transferring for disposal, or contracting for disposal any commercial organic waste (i.e., food or vegetative waste) by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Options for organizations affected by this ban include donating or re-purposing the useable food. Any remaining food waste will be shipped to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility for energy recovery, composting, or animal-feed operations.

This additional ban under the solid waste regulations will primarily affect: hospitals, colleges, universities, large corporations, hotels, supermarkets, convention centers, nursing homes, restaurants, and food service and processing companies.

Additional resources and information can be found on the RecyclingWorks website:

If you have questions about applicability or compliance, contact Julie Muszalski, Sustainability Professional, at or 508-970-0033 x124.


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