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CET is working to share information and lend experience to build capacity for diverting wasted food in Pennsylvania. This work is focused in the greater Philadelphia area, where CET has partnered with the City, Philabundance and others as the City implements its Zero Waste Plan. To learn more about CET’s work in Philadelphia and to get involved, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or e-mail wastedfood@cetonline.org.

Helpful Pennyslvania 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.
  • Philadelphia Zero Waste Partnership Program
    • The Zero Waste Partnership Program is a new way for the City to collaborate with local businesses and organizations. Partners take the extra step to report on their Zero Waste practices, including several Zero Waste Action Items and monthly waste diversion rates. Partners also earn special incentives for implementing Zero Waste practices, such as eligibility for the Sustainable Business Tax Credit, and exclusive marketing tools from the City.
  • Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC)
    • The RMC is a nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance to support development of new or existing market opportunity for organics products and other recyclable materials. See the Organics and Composting page for upcoming webinars and events.

Pennsylvania Legal/Regulatory Requirements

      • Currently, Pennsylvania does not have any laws on wasted food diversion.


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: