ABOUT THE 2017 nyc fOOD WASTE FAIR

A “soup to nuts” approach to food waste prevention, recovery and recycling

New York City businesses throw away more than 650,000 tons of food waste annually—yet food scraps are not garbage. Instead, that food could be used to feed people and animals, nourish soil, grow healthy food, and create energy.

Pairing an expo-style event with workshops, digital content and live demonstrations, the NYC Food Waste Fair equipped businesses with the tools and connections to reduce waste, lower costs and avoid fines, and helped catalyze a growing industry. The NYC Food Waste Fair brought together:

  • more than 35 expert and city government official-led workshops on how to comply with laws and regulations, as well as tips from experts on how to achieve tangible, cost-effective results and
  • interactive panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, video programming
  • over 75 exhibitors offering food waste prevention, recovery and recycling services and more!
prevent Manage your food as you are using it so you prevent waste from occurring

prevent

Manage your food as you are using it so you prevent waste from occurring

Recover Save your unwanted food scraps to be sent to others in need

Recover

Save your unwanted food scraps to be sent to others in need

REcycle Turn your food waste into healthy soil or energy 

REcycle

Turn your food waste into healthy soil or energy 


Event Organizers

Foundation for New York's Strongest

The Foundation for New York’s Strongest, Inc. is the official nonprofit organization of the New York City Department of Sanitation. Supported by private funding and in-kind donations, the Foundation leverages non-traditional strategies to promote sustainability and advance the essential services Sanitation employees provide by:

  • Emphasizing New York’s Strongest as one of the City’s emergency responders and highlighting their critical, daily service;
  • Forging partnerships with private-sector organizations to move New York City toward sending zero waste to landfills by 2030; and
  • Working to establish an educational museum dedicated to DSNY’s rich history, current operations and vibrant future
 
 
Elizabeth Balkan is Executive Director of the Foundation for New York's Strongest

Elizabeth Balkan is Executive Director of the Foundation for New York's Strongest


NYC Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. DSNY is also leading the City of New York’s initiative to send zero waste to landfills by 2030 (“0x30”). As part of that effort, DSNY is expanding NYC Organics, a program for residential food and yard waste diversion that will be Citywide by 2018; and is also implementing NYC’s commercial organics mandate. Learn about 0x30, organics and more at nyc.gov/dsny.