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In November, the US Environmental Protection Agency recognized 14 Massachusetts entities with 2017 Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Awards. Food Recovery Challenge participants pledge to prevent and divert wasted food in their operations.

Food Recovery Challenge National Award Winners include Massachusetts businesses Signature Breads in Chelsea and Spoiler Alert in Boston. Last year alone, Signature Breads donated almost 12 tons of frozen bread and diverted another 2,368 tons of bread and dough from disposal through animal feed and composting programs. Spoiler Alert is an innovative software company that works with food manufacturers, distributors, supermarkets, and food recovery organizations to redistribute unsold inventory before it becomes waste.

In addition, the US EPA New England Region 1 recognized Regional Award Winners, including 13 in Massachusetts:

  • Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Medical Center
  • Big Y World Class Markets
  • Boston College
  • Café de Boston
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Gillette Stadium
  • Katherine Lee Bates Elementary School
  • Northeastern University
  • Raytheon Company & Eurest
  • Salem State University
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell

Congratulations to all of the Massachusetts award winners! Visit the US EPA website to learn more about the Food Recovery Challenge and how your organization can participate.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts has worked with many FRC award winners, such as identifying additional food donation outlets for Signature Breads, designing signs for front-of-house collection at Cafe de Boston, and regularly assisting Big Y over the years as the supermarket chain has pushed the envelope with recycling and food recovery programs. Check out our business sector guidance for recycling and food recovery information catered towards businesses and institutions in several different sectors. To speak to a recycling expert, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at