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New Grants Encourage Businesses To Reduce Food Waste In NYC

By Tessa Love

Food waste is a major issue around the globe, and that doesn't stop in New York City. Everyday, New Yorkers produce around 24,000 tons of waste, and around 20 percent of that is food. Now, the city's sanitation bureau is looking for solutions to mitigate the problem.

Last week, the N.Y.C. Department of Sanitation (DSNY)'s nonprofit arm, Foundation for New York’s Strongest, launched a micro-grant program to fund initiatives aimed at curbing food waste in businesses. DSNY already established a successful compost collection program, which keeps around 30 tons of food waste out of the landfill each day, but most of this waste comes from residents. Now the agency wants to bring similar benefits to businesses.

Earlier this year, the Foundation for New York’s Strongest held its inaugural N.Y.C. Food Waste Fair, which raised $100,000 in ticket sales and sponsorship. $50,000 of that will go to an incentive program for small local businesses to come up with food waste solutions.