MassDEP tightens regulations on disposal of food waste from businesses

Effective November 1, 2022, the MassDEP is lowering the threshold for the commercial organics ban so that it applies to businesses and institutions generating one-half ton or more food waste per week (see estimation guide).  

Hundreds of businesses and institutions have already taken steps to reduce and divert food waste from disposal, relying on a variety of different options. In the process, they have been able to reduce their disposal cost and sometimes reduce purchasing costs as well.

Learn more about the commercial organics waste ban and the RecyclingWorks assistance available, including our Food Waste Estimation Guide. To further help businesses comply with the organics waste ban, RecyclingWorks has developed the following sector-specific tip sheets. These tip sheets are intended to help businesses stay in compliance with the state waste bans for organics as well as other materials. If you are interested in having any of these materials translated into another language, please contact RecyclingWorks at (888) 254-5525 or

Restaurant Tip Sheet

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