Food Waste Reduction and Recovery - Commercial

Contact: Aaron Hiday,, 517-282-7546


EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy

According to ReFED, in 2020 Consumer-facing businesses threw out 50 billion pounds of food, that's 40% of all the wasted food in the U.S. annually.

The commercial business sector includes restaurants, grocery stores, caterers/event planners, hotels, universities, hospitals, prisons, military bases, and government buildings.

Businesses can help reduce their food waste by tracking their food waste, hosting a waste free event, making a meal plan, and shopping list. Having a flexible menu to use leftover food is also a great way to prevent food waste.

Additional Resources


Meal Planning

Waste Free Event Planning

Guidance Documents