Attention Endorsers: New endorser forms are available. Endorsers need to complete the participant agreement and their first year goal form in the Data Management System for the Food Recovery Challenge. Endorsers will also be required to report on annual progress and set annual goals for their endorser activities during our reporting seasons. These additional forms will be available to you once you complete your registration.
The Awards Nominations period for work accomplished in 2013 is currently open - narrative award applications (PDF) (6pp, 438Kb) are due by June 30, 2014. The reporting deadline for FRC participants has been extended until May 31, 2014.
SMM Data Management System
The SMM Data Management System replaces the WasteWise Data Management System. The SMM Data Management System provides FRC participants the ability to more effectively and efficiently track data and progress.
User Training Webinar: Video
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SMM Data Management System User’s Manual (PDF) (43 pp, 7.12Mb)
Cupertino CA and Cambridge MA: Tips for How Communities Can Successfully Engage Businesses to Divert Food Scraps
July 24, 2014, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
EPA recommends the Food Recovery Hierarchy as the
preferred options to make the most of excess food.
US Food Waste Challenge
In June 2013 EPA and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a collaborative effort, the US Food Waste Challenge to raise awareness of the environmental, health and nutrition issues created by food waste. Current and new EPA Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) participants can easily join the US Food Waste Challenge as well, simply by contacting EPA's helpline at 800.EPA.WISE (800.372.9473) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your activities for the US Food Waste Challenge are the goals and actions you have committed to as part of the FRC.
There are benefits to joining both the FRC and the US Food Waste Challenge. Participating organizations can access free technical assistance from both EPA and the USDA to aid you in planning, implementing and tracking your food recovery activities. And by participating in both the FRC and the Food Waste Challenge, you gain increased visibility as a community leader in environmental stewardship. Learn more about how to participate in both Challenges.
Instead of wasting food and money, Rethink! Join Now
How much of your food and money are you literally throwing away? The Food Recovery Challenge asks participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible – saving money, helping communities, and protecting the environment. The Challenge is part of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle, including how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.
Did you know?
More than 36 million tons of food waste was generated in 2011, 96 percent of which was thrown away into landfills or incinerators
14.9 percent of households in the U.S. were food insecure in 2011, meaning they did not know where their next meal would come from
Wasted food means wasted money for businesses and residences
Food decomposes in landfills to generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas
Wasted food has economic, environmental, and social impacts. Much of this “waste” is not waste at all, but actually safe, wholesome food that could potentially feed millions of Americans. Excess food, leftovers and scraps that are not fit for consumption and donation can be recycled into a nutrient-rich soil supplement.
Who can Participate?
Any business or organization can participate in the Food Recovery Challenge through prevention, donation and recycling.
Organizations can join the Food Recovery Challenge as a participant, endorser, or both.
Participants agree to reduce, donate, and/or compost wasted food, and to set annual waste diversion goals. Any organization that can measure and report wasted food can join as a participant.
Endorsers agree to promote the Food Recovery Challenge by providing promotional, educational, or technical information to their stakeholders. They may also wish to recruit organizations to become Food Recovery Challenge participants or endorsers.
Note: If you are a consumer, learn more about how you can reduce food waste.
Why take the challenge?
Improve your bottom line through cost savings from improved purchasing and preparation practices and reduced waste disposal fees
Support your community by using food to feed people, not landfills
Reduce your environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions
- Get recognized for your achievements
Access free technical assistance for your baseline assessment and food recovery activities
- I need more information. Whom can I contact?
How can I meet my goals and reduce my food waste?