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Food Waste Legislation: Approaches from Europe and the United States

June 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm UTC Timezone

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Food waste is one of the biggest challenges that the world faces today, contributing to climate change and resource depletion.

Many cities and governments are taking action on this issue through legislation. For example, the US state of Massachusetts has banned large food waste generators from disposing of food waste in the trash. More recently, the EU has introduced a new requirement for separate collection of food waste by 2023.

But has the ban in Massachusetts been successful? How was it rolled out? What results have been achieved? How are municipalities preparing for the new EU requirement? Will it have any teeth?

Join our webinar to find out the answers to these questions and more. 


John Fischer, Branch Chief, MassDep

John Fischer is Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning at the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). In this position, he
coordinates MassDEP’s programs to advance waste reduction, recycling, and composting by
businesses and institutions in Massachusetts. John also oversees development and
implementation of Massachusetts’ Solid Waste Master Plan, solid waste and recycling data, the
Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and disaster debris planning.

Marco Ricci – Jürgensen, Altereko Consulting

Marco is highly considered as an expert who conceives waste and recycling issues going beyond technical details, having acquired profound experience also in institutional, socio-economic topics and prosumer related issues. Currently he works at (C.I.C.) the Italian Composting and Biogas Association, which unites public and private companies, local authorities and others involved in the production of compost, as well as producers of machinery and equipment, producers of fertilisers, research bodies etc. Since 2013 he is the Chair of ISWA’s working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste (WGBTW), that addresses the biological treatment of the organic fraction of solid waste through aerobic and anaerobic decomposition processes. Marco has 20 years of experience in planning MSW management, designing and upgrading of collection and transport schemes, assessing recycling facilities (focus on composting), planning communication and
participation initiatives, chairing multi-linguistic, multi-tasking working groups or projects.


Kat Heinrich, Rawtec

Kat Heinrich is a food waste specialist in Australia and winner of the 2017 GISA Women in Waste Leadership Award. She works as an associate consultant at Rawtec, advising businesses and governments on how to reduce waste and improve resource management. Kat recently completed a study tour in the US and Europe investigating best-practice food waste initiatives. Her research and case studies are available at

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