Instead of wasting food and money, Rethink! Join Now
How much of your food and money are you literally throwing away? The Food Recovery Challenge asks participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible – saving money, helping communities, and protecting the environment. The Challenge is part of the EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle, including how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed.Did you know?
Wasted food has economic, environmental, and social impacts. Much of this "waste" is not waste at all, but actually safe, wholesome food that could potentially feed millions of Americans. Excess food, leftovers and scraps that are not fit for consumption and donation can be recycled into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.Who can Participate?
Grocers, universities, stadiums and other venues−rethink business as usual. Learn to purchase leaner and to divert surplus food away from landfills for better uses through prevention, donation, and recycling.Note: If you are a consumer, learn more about how you can reduce food waste by going to https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home.
The Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) uses EPA's SMM Data Management and Reporting System. This system is hosted in Re-TRAC Connect, which uses a software developed by Emerge Knowledge Design, Inc.
Select your organization type from the below list and complete the registration process. Once complete, you will receive an activation email. Click on the link contained in the email to activate your Re-TRAC Connect account.
Note: Check your spam/junk folder if the activation email does not appear in your inbox. If you don't receive an activation email, please contact Re-TRAC Connect support at email@example.com to have your account activated.
Login to Re-TRAC Connect and complete the Food Recovery Challenge forms.
Download the Re-TRAC Connect user guide for the Food Recovery Challenge. User Guide - PDF
If you are an existing Re-TRAC Connect user you can login to Re-TRAC Connect with your exist