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The Huffington Post released an article highlighting the importance of food donation and the need for more uniform guidance and regulations around donation.

Thanks to the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, restaurants that donate food are protected from civil and criminal liability, with the exception of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. However, many restaurants still express concerns revolving around donated food. The Bill Emerson act protects restaurants that are in compliance with state and local food sanitation and label regulations, but the regulations are not uniform nationally.

RecyclingWorks engaged food banks and food rescue organizations, state and local health officials, and businesses to develop Food Donation Guidance for businesses in Massachusetts. This document provides guidance to businesses and institutions interested in establishing food donation programs and includes four key steps for success.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts also provides assistance to businesses and institutions with recycling and food waste reduction through composting and food donation. To speak to a recycling expert, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at