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Sustainable Management of Food

Food Recovery Challenge Awards

Recognition is a key element of the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program and the Food Recovery Challenge (FRC). Food Recovery Challenge awards are offered in two categories – data-driven and narrative. Participants do not need to apply for the data-driven awards, as these awards are given based on the information submitted via the SMM Data Management System. FRC participants and endorsers can apply for narrative awards in the SMM Data Management System Exit.

Narrative awards are given to eligible Participants in the following categories:

  • Source reduction
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Education and Outreach

Narrative awards are given to eligible Endorsers in the following categories:

  • Endorsers
  • Leadership
  • Education and Outreach

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for data-driven awards, a participant must do the following:

  • Join the FRC before January 1 of the previous calendar year
  • Submit a participation agreement, baseline data and baseline goal in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit previous year annual data in the SMM Data Management System by the designated deadline
  • Submit current annual goals in the SMM Data Management System by the designated deadline

To be eligible for newcomer data-driven awards, a participant must do the following:

  • Join the FRC in the previous calendar year
  • Submit a participation agreement in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit a baseline data form, representing previous year work, in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit previous year baseline goals in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit previous year annual data in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit current year annual goals in the SMM Data Management System

To be eligible for narrative awards, a participant must do the following:

  • Submit a participation agreement, baseline data and baseline goal in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit previous year annual data in the SMM Data Management System by the designated deadline
  • Submit current year annual goals in the SMM Data Management System by the designated deadline
  • Submit a narrative award application by the designated deadline

To be eligible for narrative awards, an endorser must do the following:

  • Submit a participation agreement in the SMM Data Management System
  • Submit an Endorser Annual Data Form in the SMM Data Management System by the designated deadline
  • Submit endorser annual goals in the SMM Data Management System by the designated deadline
  • Submit a narrative award application by the designated deadline

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Evaluation Criteria

Data-Driven Awards
The EPA will use a weighted calculation to evaluate participants’ data. The calculation is based on participants’ reported activities in the SMM Data Management System and where that activity falls on the Food Recovery Hierarchy. As an example, source reduction, as the most preferred activity, will be given the highest weight. Other activities will be weighted accordingly based on their place on the Hierarchy.

Please note that "Recycling Activities" entered into the SMM Data Management System currently include composting and anaerobic digestion. Consult your FRC representative regarding the inclusion of alternative recycling activities in data reporting (i.e., activities that are not composting or anaerobic digestion).

In addition to reported data, winners are selected based on results of both civil and criminal enforcement screens and other qualitative factors.

Narrative Awards
Each narrative award category includes a set of questions with associated percentages. Award applications are evaluated by a panel, scored and ranked.

In addition to responses included in the narrative award applications, winners are selected based on results of both civil and criminal enforcement screens and other qualitative factors.

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Questions

If you have any questions about the awards process, please feel free to contact your regional FRC representative.

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