About Our Work: Policy

Food waste is a problem all across the U.S. and the Food Waste Reduction Alliance is working to meet this challenge in many ways. The Policy subcommittee focuses on the public policies in various parts of the country that create incentives for food donation to those in need or that result in robust infrastructure for landfill alternatives, such as composting facilities. We know that there is no “one size fits all” solution for food waste, but we also know that some parts of the U.S. have high donation rates and/or many options for diverting food waste from landfills.

The policy subcommittee will identify a short list of policies that create those high rates of food donation and infrastructure options.

The FWRA’s Guiding Policy Principles:

  • The FWRA supports and endorses the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) food recovery hierarchy to prioritize actions to prevent and divert food waste.
  • The FWRA supports voluntary actions to reduce food waste and is making great strides in food waste reduction through voluntary activities by our members. For example, the FWRA is working to increase food donation, collect food waste data through our assessment survey, create tools for waste reduction, streamline date labeling to decrease consumer confusion, and share best practices on source reduction, food donation, composting, and anaerobic digestion.
  • The FWRA advocates for educational efforts to increase public awareness around food waste issues including date labeling, liability protection for donation, and source reduction.
  • The FWRA advocates for policies that support the development of the food waste recycling and donation infrastructure across the nation. Having a cost effective way for businesses to recycle food waste is essential and building the infrastructure is the first step.
  • The FWRA advocates for policies that are designed to economically reduce, recover and recycle food waste. The FWRA also advocates for uniformity in policies within states on the issue of food waste.
    • Standardized policy is useful in this area because cities, counties, and municipalities can often enact different policies. This patchwork can be difficult to comply with, lead to confusion, and produce a barrier to reducing food waste and increasing donation.
  • The FWRA advocates for increased federal and state tax incentives to encourage food donation and increased liability protection for donors.


For a downloadable/printable version of FWRA’s Work and Policy Guidelines, click here.