2012 Food Recovery Challenge Award Winners
Recognition is a key element of the Sustainable Materials Management Program and the Food Recovery Challenge . EPA is pleased to recognize these organizations for their outstanding leadership in food waste prevention and diversion in 2012.
National Data-Driven Awardees
Colleges and Universities
- Winner – UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA - Diverted more than 80 tons of food waste in 2012
Honorable Mention – Clark University, Worcester, MA - Diverted more than 10 tons of food waste in 2012
Food, Drug and Convenience Stores
- Winner – ShopRite of Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA - Diverted more than 223 tons of food waste in 2012
Honorable Mention – Whole Foods South Region, North Raleigh, Raleigh, NC - Diverted nearly 300 tons of food waste in 2012
Sports and Entertainment
- Winner – Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles), Philadelphia, PA - Composted more than 105 tons of food waste in 2012
- Winner – The Orchards at Southington, Southington, CT - Diverted over one ton of food waste in 2012
Honorable Mention – Federal Correctional Institution, McDowell, Welch, WV- Diverted over 130 tons of food waste in 2012
- Innovation – UMass Amherst; Amherst, MA - Student-led composting effort resulted in nearly 1,300 tons of food waste being composted.
Innovation - Clark University; Worcester, MA - Clark University Eco Reps’ composting pilot project resulted in the identification of up to 60 percent of dorm waste being compostable material. Commercial size compost bins are on all floors of freshman dorms, as well as in the dining hall.
Innovation - City of Cupertino, CA - The City negotiated a five year franchise agreement with its hauler to achieve a 75 percent waste diversion rate, with contract extension being dependent on this goal being met. The City identified higher rates of food waste collection and composting as the means to achieving the 75 percent goal. As a result of this effort, the City’s diversion rate has increased from 65 percent to 71 percent.
- Endorsers – Wakefern Food Corporation, Edison, NJ - Under Wakefern’s leadership, ten ShopRite stores registered for the Food Recovery Challenge and prevented a total of more than 1,100 tons of food waste from going to landfills or incinerators.
National Awards Process
- The EPA presented seven participants with national data-driven awards for annual improvement, measuring increases in food waste prevention and diversion by comparing 2012 data to 2011 data.
Annual Improvement awards go to the top two participants in the three key sectors of grocers, venues and colleges/universities, as well as in a general category. The seven data-driven award recipients prevented and diverted a combined total of 2,619 tons of food waste in 2012 from entering landfills or incinerators.
- The Agency gave four narrative awards in the Innovation and Endorsers categories. Innovation awards are given to FRC participants who can demonstrate developing and implementing a better or more effective approach to improving food waste diversion from landfills or incinerators. Endorser awards are given to FRC participants who have demonstrated excellence in environmental leadership by both educating grocers, universities, venues, and other entities about the importance of sustainable food waste management and influencing them to join the FRC.