We can help you take the next step!

Maine has established a commission to study wasted food, and there are many opportunities in the state to jumpstart the wasted food marketplace. Exeter Agri-Energy accepts material for de-packaging and processing through its anaerobic digester; CET helps source feedstock for this facility. CET is excited to help Maine stakeholders move forward on wasted food reduction and diversion. Contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or email wastedfood@cetonline.org for assistance.

Helpful Maine Wasted Food Resources

  • Resources for food recovery in Maine
    • The University of Maine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions provides a range of resources on composting, donating surplus food, reducing food waste, and gleaning programs.
  • Composting Facilities in Maine
    • The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MaineDEP) has application forms and annual reports on composting facilities.
  • 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.
  • Food Date Labeling Act
    • U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced this act, which supports standardizing food date labeling to reduce confusion and simplify regulatory compliance.

Maine Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • Currently, Maine does not have any laws on wasted food diversion. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is leading a Food Waste Project to show how a wasted food disposal ban could be added to Maine’s materials management policy suite.
  • Maine’s Legislature includes provisions for the reduction, reuse, and recycling of all waste, including composting biodegradable waste.


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: