The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently unveiled its Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit designed to "save money by reducing food and packaging waste." The initiative is aimed at food service facilities and provides technical services and support to save money and help the environment at the same time.
Restaurants, cafeterias, grocers, and other commercial and institutional kitchens located in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands (EPA Region 9) are invited to pilot the toolkit. Participants are offered one-on-one technical assistance from an EPA team member, the opportunity to participate in peer groups, and the chance to present in future EPA webinars.
The EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy is also hosting a free four-part webinar series to guide users through the waste assessment and reduction process. The series will explain how to prepare for an assessment, analyze data, implement reduction strategies, and track progress.