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For more than 20 years the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) has helped build the wasted food marketplace in Massachusetts. In the late 1990s, CET helped establish one of the first commercial composting infrastructure systems in the nation by bringing together haulers, compost sites, and large food establishments to start diverting wasted food. Since then CET helped create, and continues to administer, the award winning RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts program, delivered under contract to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

RecyclingWorks in MA has helped thousands of businesses and institutions divert tens of thousands of tons of material from disposal. The collective work of many stakeholders has supported the growth of the food waste hauling industry, the development of compost sites and anaerobic facilities, growth in food rescue, and new technology solutions to address prevention – leading to the well-documented economic impact of $175 million in private investment, supporting over 900 jobs, and nearly tripling the tons of food diverted since 2010.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program that helps Massachusetts businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and food waste diversion opportunities. This program includes direct assistance to businesses and service providers. For example, compost site operators may receive technical advice to help expand or improve operations. Businesses get help maximizing the financial, environmental, and social benefits of wasted food diversion programs, and training for staff to ensure successful program implementation. To learn more or to request assistance, contact RecyclingWorks today at (888) 254-5525 or info@RecyclingWorksMA.com — the Waste Experts are available to help you!

RecyclingWorks in MA

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program that helps businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and food waste diversion opportunities. Call the hotline at 888-254-5525 or email info@recyclingworksma.com to consult with a RecyclingWorks recycling expert.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts’ services include a searchable database to find recycling haulers and processors in your area, direct technical assistance to help you start a recycling or composting program, and compost site technical assistance for composting facilities in Massachusetts that accept or plan to accept food materials.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and delivered under contract to MassDEP by the Center for EcoTechnology (CET).

The Green Team

CET administers an environmental education program for K-12 schools on behalf of MassDEP. The Green Team is an interactive educational program that empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.

If you are a teacher, administrator, staff member, or parent volunteer involved with a Massachusetts K-12 school, fill out the online form to register for The Green Team. Once registered, your school can request free recycling and compost bins. The Green Team website also includes resources on a range of food recovery topics such as on-site composting, share tables, and cafeteria source separation. Contact recycle@thegreenteam.org for additional information.

The Green Team is funded by the MassDEP.

Helpful Massachusetts Wasted Food Resources

  • 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.

Massachusetts Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has established a commercial food waste disposal ban that applies to businesses and institutions disposing of one-half ton or more of wasted food per week, effective as of November 1, 2022. By diverting wasted food from disposal to composting, conversion, recycling, or reuse, businesses can not only cut waste management costs but potentially save money on purchasing. Many businesses and institutions were reaping these benefits before the ban was implemented.


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: