We can help you take the next step!

The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) is building relationships in Oregon with some stakeholders that are interested in addressing wasted food. We have shared information with Metro and have had the opportunity to speak together on conference panels about developing food waste policies. CET was excited to speak at BioCycle 2019 in Portland, again on a panel with Metro to discuss ways to estimate food waste at businesses.

CET is exploring partnering on projects to increase the capacity to address this important issue in Oregon. To learn more about CET’s work in Oregon and to get involved, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or email wastedfood@cetonline.org.

Helpful Oregon Wasted Food Resources

  • Food Waste Stops With Me
    • Food Waste Stops with Me is a collaboration between Metro, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), as well as city and county governments. The program connects food service professionals to resources and technical assistance to help prevent food waste, donate edible food and set up successful food scraps composting programs. Resources include case studies, videos, webinars, podcasts, free workshops, toolkits, and links to local government programs for free on-site technical assistance and more.
  • Oregon Metro Food Scraps Policy
    • This resource includes information regarding Metro Council’s commercial food scrap policy which requires the largest food service businesses to separate their food scraps from other garage starting in 2020, with smaller businesses phased into the policy over the following three years.
  • Wasted Food Wasted Money Resource Guide
    • Oregon DEQ created a commercial waste prevention campaign, Wasted Food Wasted Money, to assist local governments comply with Oregon’s Opportunity to Recycle Act. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the act requires certain local government jurisdictions to implement waste prevention and reuse programs. Wasted Food Wasted Money offers guidance documents, sample social media posts, and success stories.
  • 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.

Oregon Legal/Regulatory Requirements

    • In July 2018, Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, voted to approve an ordinance that will require certain businesses to separate and divert food waste. The ordinance became effective October 26, 2018, and the first set of businesses will be required to comply in 2020. The covered businesses are phased in over time, beginning with businesses that produce half a ton of food waste per week in March 2020 to businesses which produce more than a quarter ton per week needing to comply beginning of March 2021, and finally businesses which produce more than an eighth of a ton per week will need to comply beginning September 2022.
    • In addition, the ordinance requires that local jurisdictions within the Metro region adopt policies requiring covered businesses in their jurisdiction to source-separate business food waste and send it to an authorized facility. Under the administrative rules, local jurisdictions will be required to adopt these policies by July 31, 2019. These rules also require local jurisdictions to inform businesses of the ordinance, provide outreach and technical assistance, and develop a mechanism for enforcing the business food waste requirement. The rules include procedures for local jurisdictions to waive requirements for certain businesses.


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: