Global GreenGlobal Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery

Food Waste

Our Goal

Our goal is to accelerate the development of a local, reliable, environmentally-sound, and economical commercial food waste recovery infrastructure for urban centers.

Over 36 million tons[1] of food waste is generated in the US each year. Less than 3% of this food waste is currently recovered. Diverting this food waste from landfills would result in the avoidance of more than 23 million metric tons of CO2 equivilance each year, the same as taking 7 million cars off the road.

Urban areas face particular challenges in deploying food waste recovery solutions given the quantity of wate and the lack of availability of sufficient land area to treat it, land values, zoning ordinances, potential alterations to trucking routes, and the need for much more robust end-markets if solutions are to be scaled.

Our Approach

Global Green seeks to spur innovation and infrastructure development through:

- Convening the supply chain and government agencies

- Modeling innovations on a city-scale

- Siting, material handling, and technology evaluation

- Piloting and/or documenting the success of promising organics diversion systems

Our areas of geographic focus include the metropolitan areas where Global Green has offices: New York City, New Orleans, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.

Latest News and Progress

Global Green Presents at Northern California Recycling Association Annual Recycling Update Event

March 2015 - Global Green is a member of the Northern California Recycling Association, a group that coordinates the many efforts to increase waste diversion across the region. Global Green presented at their annual Recycling Update event to an audience of several hundred waste industry, municipal, and non-profit professionals. To view our presentation click here.

Global Green Introduces First Multi-Family Compost Pilot in Los Angeles

July 2014 - To view our press release click here.

Global Green Kicks Off its "Compost Opportunity Series"

June 2014 - To view our blog article and videos click here.

NYC Passes Historic Food Waste Bill

December 2013 - To view our blog article click here.

Global Green Testifies Before City Council on Mandatory Food Waste Composting

November 2013 - To view our testimony click here.

BigApps for the Big Apple

June 2013 - Matt de la Houssaye advised on the development of mobile apps that would reduce food waste in the New York City’s BigApps Competition. It is the fourth annual contest from the New York City Economic Development Corporation for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using City data to solve big issues that affect New Yorkers. Matt advised on the development of apps designed to help the over 100 restaurants participating in New York City’s Food Waste Challenge measure and track their food waste, as well as the broader “Cleanweb: Energy, Environment, and Resilience” category. To read more about this innovative app development contest, click here.

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Food Waste Challenge

April 2013 - Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of a Commercial Food Waste Challenge initiative at the New York Times “Building Sustainable Cities” Conference. More than 100 participating restaurants have pledged to reduce 50 percent of the food waste they send to landfills through composting and other waste prevention strategies.

The initiative was hailed by a broad spectrum of industry and environmental groups. Lily Kelly, Interim Director of Global Green USA’s Coalition for Resource Recovery, praised the Mayor’s efforts. “When more businesses recover their food waste it benefits all New Yorkers by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging investment in local processing infrastructure,” she said. “We are delighted to be working with the Mayor’s office to support this program.” For more information about this initiative, click here.

Global Green Presents at US Composting Council Conference on Opportunities for Food Waste Recovery in NYC and New Jersey

January 2013 - Matt de la Houssaye presented at the USCC Conference in Orlando, Florida. To view Matt's presentation click here.

Global Green Releases Video of the BiobiN

December 2012 - Global Green staff visited the Philadelphia airport Marriott to speak with staff who use the BiobiN, manufactured by CoRR member Wastequip. The BiobiN provides storage of food waste for up to 21 days while minimizing odor and pests, thus reducing the costs of pickup.


Global Green Hosts Food Waste Recovery Conference Featuring Northeast Regional Leaders

November 2012 - Global Green hosted a conference featuring discussion of the economic aspects of food waste recovery. The event brought together NYC and Northeast region government leaders together with key stakeholders from the non-profit and private sectors. Opportunities for business and policy innovation to accelerate the recovery of organic waste were explored including the feasibilty of building new processing infrastructure in New York and New Jersey, state level food waste diversion policies, and markets for end-products. For more information about the conference, click here.


Waste Characterization Highlights the Importance of Food Waste Recovery to Overall Diversion

September 2012 - As part of the ongoing collaboration with international coffee shop Pret A Manger, Global Green conducted a waste characterization of Pret locations that had implemented front- and back-of-house resource recovery systems. The report revealed the strong role that food donations and back-of-house food scrap recovery play in increasing overall diversion. To download the executive summary, click here. For the full report (members only), click here.


New Research: Economic Analysis Sheds Light on Costs of Disposal and Recovery of Food Waste in New York City

September 2012 - Based on a survey conducted with industry stakeholders, Global Green conducted an analysis comparing the costs associated with transporting food waste from New York City to landfills and the Peninsula Compost facility in Delaware. To read the full report, click here.


Document Released: Guiding Principles for Recovering Value from Commercial Food Waste

August 2012 - Global Green released a new document synthesizing research and conference findings to summarie key considerations for public, private, and non-profit stakeholders concerning the deployment of food wats recovery systems and infrastructure. To download the document, click here.

Global Green Presents at BioCycle Waste Coast conference on the Economics of Food Waste Recovery in NYC

April 2012 - Matt de la Houssaye presented at BioCycle's conference in Portland, OR on Global Green's work to date concerning modeling and analysis of food waste recovery options for New York City. For more detaill on the conference and Matt's presentation, click here.


Global Green Presents Food Waste Recovery Options for New York City at Wall Street Green Summit

April 2012 - Annie White presented at the Wall Street Green Summit on Global Geen's work on food waste recovery initiaitive. To read the blog and download her presentation, click here.


Commercial Food Waste Recovery Conference Hosted by Global Green

November 2011 - Global Green brought together public, private, and non-profit agencies to discuss recovery options for New York City's commercial food waste, including collection options, industry trends in project development, and co-digestion at wastewater treatment plants.


CoRR Member Tour of Peninsula Compot Facility in Wilmington, Delaware

October 2011 - CoRR members toured Peninsula Compost in Wilmington, DE, the largest compost facility in the Northeastern US.

Read the full blog about this tour here.


Leaders from Government, Business, and Non-Profit Sectors Participate in CoRR's Food Waste Conference

July 2011 - The conference blog can be seen here.


Highlights of a Few Food Waste Recovery Initiatives in Progress in New York City

April 2011 - Composting initiatives are underway in New York City. Grant winners announced for community composting, composting pilot announced between GrowNYC and CoRR member Action Environmental Group, and CoRR member Pret A Manger launches composting at 6 of its stores. To read the blog click here.

How to Get Involved

  • Join CoRR
  • Contact Matt de la Houssaye at mdelahoussaye[at] for more information.