Model Policies, Ordinances, and Toolkits:

These model policies, ordinances and toolkits provide off-the-shelf templates that are intended to reduce the transaction costs for resource-strapped municipalities of taking action to reduce food waste.

The following materials were developed in ELI’s capacity as the former Project Director for NRDC’s pilot initiative (2015-2021) and Senior Strategic Advisor (with NRDC) to Urban Green Lab’s Nashville Food Waste Initiative.  

Reports, Articles, Factsheets:

Organics Disposal Bans and Organics Processing Infrastructure:

Report & Webinars:

Food Waste Co-Digestion at Water Resource Recovery Facilities: Business Case Analysis:

Report and Toolkit:


Case Studies: 



Food Waste Initiative Research Brief Series:

ELI’s Food Waste Initiative is publishing a Research Brief Series to present takeaways from the Initiative’s research, spanning a range of topics important to food waste prevention, recovery, and recycling.

Other Publications & Documents:

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