"Love Food Not Waste" Commercial Compost Program

Publish Date: 2013

Stephanie Scafa, Zero Waste Analyst, City of Eugene, OR

Each year the City of Eugene sends over 40 million pounds of food waste into the local landfill. Half of this waste comes from commercial businesses. To reduce the amount being landfilled, the City has collaborated with local garbage haulers, commercial composters, and businesses to run Love Food Not Waste (LFNW), Eugene's commercial compost program. This SWANA Webinar will detail how after a year and a half, the City has diverted over 1,600 tons of food waste from 115 participating local businesses.

Through the use of financial, communication, and marketing incentives, the Love Food Not Waste program works with businesses to separate food scraps from their garbage. Participating businesses enjoy reduced collection rates and access to a Zero Waste Analyst who provides hands-on training, ongoing support, and continued recognition for business' efforts. LFNW also makes sure to keep the public regularly updated about what businesses are doing their part to help divert waste into compost.

Not only has the Love Food Not Waste program been a success for the City of Eugene, but it is also specifically designed to work for other municipalities and organizations. This program boasts open access tools and strategies that allow others to scale and replicate it to meet their needs. This SWANA Webinar will teach participants how to access all the LFNW program elements, including education, marketing and training materials, as well as regulatory models and program development materials. The program has already been utilized in a variety of ways in the community and has been adopted by neighboring communities.

Not only did Love Food Not Waste win a 2013 SWANA Excellence Award, but it also is being used to inform the development of the first multi-day sporting events sustainable certification through the Council for Responsible Sport (CRS) and is being used at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, among other events. This presentation will provide a valuable look at an exciting and dynamic new program in the solid waste industry and should not be missed.

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