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The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. In Connecticut, CET has helped reduce wasted food at a number of K-12 schools and universities by implementing technology solutions, facilitated food donation from supermarkets such as Fresh Market, and launched a composting program at the Sheraton at Bradley Airport. CET’s no-cost technical assistance includes an overview of all appropriate solutions for reducing wasted food, and guidance to implement the solutions that make the most sense for your business.

CET has helped dozens of businesses and institutions in Connecticut learn more about food recovery and wasted food diversion opportunities. For no-cost help at your business or institution, or for your customers or association members, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or e-mail wastedfood@cetonline.org.

Helpful Connecticut Wasted Food Resources

  • Wasted Food to Fuel: Diverting Food Scraps for Anaerobic Digestion in Middletown, CT 
    • Through support from Middletown Sanitation Department, the EPA, and CT DEEP, the Center for EcoTechnology put together this instructional video with Blue Earth Compost and their customer Perk on Main to help other restaurants set up and operate successful food scrap diversion programs for anaerobic digestion. By participating in this innovative program, businesses reduce trash generation, support local jobs, and help create energy and compost.
  • Spotlights from New Haven
    • The state is working to expand organics collection and processing infrastructure, and since 2015, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) has helped bolster activity by working with commercial businesses to implement strategies to reduce wasted food. Learn how businesses and institutions are working together to recover wasted food & how you can join them.
    • Spotlights from New Haven Social Media Toolkit
      This Social Media Toolkit has pre-written posts and suggested hashtags for you to easily be able to share these success stories on your organization’s social media platforms.
  • Connecticut Food Donation Made Easy
    • This food rescue guidance document is part of a series aimed at helping commercial food service providers – e.g., restaurants, hotels, corporate cafeterias, and schools – reduce the volume of organic waste they send to landfills.
  • Food Donation by Connecticut Schools Guidelines and Resources
    • CET, in collaboration with Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, and others, developed a guidance document for Connecticut schools on opportunities to donate food internally through share tables as well as externally to food banks and charitable organizations. The document consolidates federal and state regulations, including information on liability protection, health codes, and more.
  • Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
    • The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (Public Law 104-210) protects donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations and protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product, donated in good faith, later cause harm to the needy recipient.
  • Case Study: Wilton School District
    • In 2016, a class project at Middlebrook Middle School inspired their cafeteria’s food waste diversion program and transformed the Wilton School District.

Connecticut Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • The Connecticut Commercial Organics Recycling Law (Public Act 11-217), in effect as of January 2017, states that commercial food wholesalers or distributors, industrial food manufacturers or processors, supermarkets, resorts, or conference centers that 1) produce 52 or more tons per year (1 ton per week) of organic waste and 2) are located within 20 miles of a permitted recycling facility, must recycle organic material. Compliance options under the law include on-site composting, or installation of permitted on-site organics treatment equipment. The threshold was reduced from 104 tons per year to 52 tons per year on January 1, 2020.
  •  Public Act (PA) No. 21-16, approved in May 2021, requires that “on and after January 1, 2022, each commercial food wholesaler or distributor, industrial food manufacturer or processor, supermarket, resort or conference center that is located not more than 20 miles from an authorized source separated organic material composting facility and that generates an average projected volume of not less than 26 tons/year of source separated organic materials shall: (A) Separate such source separated organic materials from other solid waste; and (B) ensure that such source separated organic materials are recycled at any authorized source separated organic material composting facility that has available capacity and that will accept such source separated organic material.” The current threshold for compliance is 52 tons/year.


For more information regarding food waste estimates, source separation guidance, and how to start a food donation program, open CET’s Toolbox.


Contact CET to learn more about food recovery and waste diversion opportunities for your business, institution, customers, or association members: