How to Measure Food Waste
- The law requires an establishment that generates more than 52 tons of food waste per calendar year to separate and recycle its food waste under specific circumstances.
- Establishments are encouraged to measure their food waste to confirm whether they are subject this law.
The tools listed below can be used to measure food waste, but establishments are allowed to use other measuring tools.
USEPA has published a guide to conducting a food waste assessment.
USEPA has created a website with various tools for preventing and diverting wasted food, including how to measure food waste.
A technical and comprehensive measuring tool, was created by the Food Loss and Waste protocol which is a global multi-stakeholder partnership aiming to reduce food
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has a set of guidelines to help K-12 schools and higher education institutions reduce, recover, and recycle food
Massachusetts DEP has compiled industry data from published reports and studies, which can be used as guidance for facilities with little to no current food
waste diversion program in place. The purpose of this tool is to help businesses and institutions determine whether it is likely they are subject to P.L. 2020
c.24. Actual food waste generated can vary widely from one business to another. If your business is currently tracking or diverting food waste, you may dispose
of less food waste than indicated by the industry averages.
- USEPA has published a guide to conducting a food waste assessment.