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Zero Waste Resources

Use this guide to help determine the volume of waste you could be diverting through source reduction, recycling, and composting.

Use this decision tree to help determine feasible and effective food waste reduction practices for your business. Refer to Get Food Smart TN (GFSTN) for additional resources and technical assistance.

An organics collection program for your office provides an opportunity for employees to reduce the amount of food waste they are generating through the collection of food scraps to be either composted on-site or processed by a third party. Prior to implementation of an office organics collection program, it is important to assign a program champion to manage the day-to-day operations and answer questions that employees may have. It is also important to develop a plan to help ensure the success of the program. You can use our Guide to Create an Organics Collection Program for your Office to get started.

This simple organics collection guide helps businesses, restaurants, and hospitality operations determine how to properly sort their organics to ensure only compostable items get placed in the organics bin. 

Refer to this list of compost service providers in the State of Tennessee to determine if you qualify for pick up in your area. 

Refer to this Compostable Packaging Product Label Guide to help determine some of the variances in compostable product labels, and how to know which ones your service provider accepts.

Refer to this Biodegradable Vs. Compostable chart to help determine the difference in biodegradable and compostable, and which products may be better for your office and/or service provider.

Refer to this brochure to learn everything you need to know to begin composting in your own back yard.

Use this list of residential organics service providers to determine if you qualify for organics pick up.