Food Scrap Collection at Work

Collection Programs

Currently, food scraps collection programs are available to businesses in the cities of Beaverton and Sherwood.  However, there is not a collection program available for businesses located in unincorporated Washington County. Washington County's recycling program provides assistance and resources to businesses located within Washington County, but outside the city limits of Beaverton. E-mail or call us at (503) 846-3605 with questions about food scraps collection in your work place.


Impact of Food Scraps in the Waste Stream

Food scraps and compostable fibers can comprise up to 30 percent, by weight, of the garbage sent to Oregon landfills. When these food scraps break down in the anaerobic environment of a landfill, they generate landfill gases. These gases contain methane, a potent greenhouse gas. 

Although collection programs are just beginning to come online, there are other actions you can take to reduce food waste in your work place.  Whether food scraps are managed by food donation, waste prevention, or by sending them to a commercial compost facility, managing food scraps at your business can result in environmental, financial and community benefits.


Donate Edible Food

Globally, one-third of all food products purchased worldwide go uneaten, amounting to the annual disposal of more than one billion tons of edible goods*. The benefits of donating edible food include: reducing waste and your business' disposal costs, positively impacting your local community, branding your business as a partner in the fight to end hunger, and receiving potential tax deduction for food donation.  Businesses donating food in good faith are also protected by federal and state Good Samaritan laws (ORS Chapter 30.890 and 30.892 and the Bill Emerson Food Donation Act).


Three options exist for edible food donation in our region

  • Metro's Fork It Over! program is a region-wide food donation program with the goal of sending excess edible food to those that are hungry in the Portland Metropolitan Region. Join the many area restaurants, caterers and food service companies in fighting hunger and reducing waste through edible food donation. Contact Metro at (503) 234-3000 for more information.
  • The Oregon Food Bank will accept edible food directly from growers, processors, grocery stores, retailers and distributors. To donate edible food, e-mail Amy Gillette or call (503) 490-8972.
  • St. Vincent de Paul's RePack program is a network system collecting excess edible food from grocers, universities, hospitals, restaurants and large caterers for redistribution. To donate edible food, contact Bob Shields or call (503)234-1114.


Prevent Waste in the First PlaceLean Path at Intel tracking food

By streamlining menus, supply orders and food preparation, businesses can reduce the amount of food waste produced before the food is even served. 

For example, staff at two Intel business dining facilities in Hillsboro utilized the LeanPath food waste tracking systems to track pre-consumer food waste on a daily basis for one year.  Through training and implementing creative solutions, informed by the tracking data, the kitchen staff was able to reduce food waste by nearly 50 percent.  This resulted in an estimated savings of 62,000 pounds of food and more than $60,000! To learn more about this project, download the report. format-pdf

* Global Food Losses and Food Waste. Study conducted for the International Congress, 2011.