Comments on EPA's Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics: Improving Waste-Sector GHG Emissions Accounting
Author
Carol Adaire Jones
Date Released
February 2024

The Environmental Law Institute respectfully submitted the following comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for input on the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. These comments focused specifically on the importance of improving the accounting of greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector.

Comments on EPA's Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics: Model Ordinances and Other Forms of Capacity-Building
Author
Linda K. Breggin
Date Released
February 2024

The Environmental Law Institute respectfully submitted the following comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for input on the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. These comments focused specifically on the value of model ordinances and other forms of capacity building for local and state governments. 

State and City Food Waste Reduction Goals: Context, Best Practices, and Precedents
Author
Carol Adaire Jones
Date Released
January 2024

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. To access other research briefs in the series, visit: https://www.eli.org/food-waste-initiative/publicationsState and City Food Waste Reduction Goals: Context, Best Practices, and Precedents reviews the status of food waste reduction goals in the United States.

Model PAYT Ordinance Helps Cities Reduce Trash and Increase Recycling
Compost Waste Recycle
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

NRDC and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) recently released a Model Ordinance Establishing a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program for Residential Municipal Solid Waste that can help municipalities reduce the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) sent to landfills and incinerators and, at the same time, institute more transparent, efficient, and fair pricing for residential waste management. 

A Toolkit for Implementing Share Tables in Municipal Schools
Author
Linda Breggin
Sarah Backer
Margaret Badding
Jessica Sugarman
Date Released
September 2023
Front cover of a toolkit for share tables in municipal schools.

Share tables, also known as “sharing tables,” are designated areas within schools where students can place or return whole or unopened food and drinks they do not want. Students who want additional food can enjoy the items during the meal service at no cost. Accordingly, share table programs can help reduce food waste while enabling students from food-insecure households to access healthy foods more easily. Many schools across the country have instituted share tables.

Model Executive Order on Municipal Leadership on Food Waste Reduction: With and Without Commentaries
Author
Linda Breggin
Darby Hoover
Jessica Sugarman
Date Released
June 2023
document with the title "model executive order on municipal leadership on food waste reduction"

Given the large amount of food that some municipalities procure and the many people that they employ, the impact of food waste reduction measures in municipal operations can be substantial and far-reaching. For example, New York City purchases $500 million worth of food each year and employs around 325,000 people across dozens of agencies.

Model Executive Order Helps Cities Lead by Example to Reduce Food Waste 
Bell Peppers
Friday, June 2, 2023

A new Model Executive Order on Municipal Leadership on Food Waste Reduction developed by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) can help municipalities reduce the amount of food wasted throughout municipal operations, highlight the importance of reducing food waste, and demonstrate food waste reduction measures that businesses and o