Massachusetts Bans Organic Waste Disposal


Massachusetts will become the first state in the US to commercially ban organic waste disposal on October 1st. One third of all produced food is wasted and the goal of the new legislation is to reduce waste by 30% by 2020.

About 1700 businesses can expect change starting next month, including restaurants, supermarkets, colleges and hospitals, all big contributors to food waste. Because a lot of the food wasted is still edible, these businesses will be able to donate their food to local non-profits and receive tax deductions in exchange.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a food rescue organization that has fed over 750,000 people, picks up donated food from local businesses in their refrigerated trucks and delivers it to non-profits that feed the hungry.

In order to reduce food waste, this system of food redistribution is essential. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is playing a big part in helping this law to succeed and last.

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