Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Sustainability at Work

Providing free tools and expertise to achieve your goals

Phone: 503-823-7037

Email: sustainabilityatwork@portlandoregon.gov

Food waste stops with me

Food waste stops with me

We’re here to help!

We provide hands-on assistance and learn about your business so we can get you just the information you need. Give us a call at 503-823-7037, send us an email or fill out our assistance form.

Prevent food waste

Hear from your peers: Read how eight different Portland restaurants, bakeries and breweries have found ways to minimize food waste through tracking, transforming trim into new ingredients, and educating customers. Contact us for assistance.

Donate food

If you’ve got extra edible food, don’t toss it, donate it to families or individuals in need. Your donation is protected by Good Samaritan laws and is tax deductible. Contact us for assistance.

Compost

Even after minimizing your food waste and donating edible food, you’ll still have some plate scrapings, inedible trim and the occasional spoiled food. Make the most of these by composting them through the City of Portland’s food scraps collection program. They’ll be turned into fertilizer for crops as well as energy to power homes and businesses!

Learn how to set up compost in three steps.

Why reduce food waste?

Food is the single largest component of garbage in the Portland metropolitan region. About 20 percent of the 1.3 million tons of trash generated per year is food scraps, and over half of those come from businesses.

Reducing food waste is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the environmental impact of our food system and feed our communities. It also saves your business money, in purchasing and disposal costs!

Food Waste Stops with Me is a collaboration between Metro, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality, as well as city and county governments, to support foodservice businesses in reducing food waste.