October 13, 2020. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Agency selected 12 recipients to receive approximately $3 million in funding to help reduce food loss and waste and to divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester capacity in the United States. EPA Region 2 has selected the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO) to receive $235,440 in funding once all legal and administrative requirements are satisfied.

“Finding solutions to better curb food waste continues to be a top priority for the Trump administration,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “This year’s round of innovative community projects is focusing on ways to reduce food waste at the local and state levels and divert it from landfills.”

“Central New York TDO will use this money to upgrade its facility by purchasing a baler and increasing the capacity of its anaerobic digester – meaning less waste going to dumpsters,” said Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “Through this project, EPA and Central New York Technology Development Organization are offering a learning opportunity for central NY businesses and manufacturers on how to boost operational excellence and reduce pollution.”

“TDO is off-the-charts excited to be able to bring this project to Cayuga County,” said TDO Center Director Jim D’Agostino. “Our gratitude goes out to the EPA for investing and supporting the growth of anaerobic digesters, to our top-notch partner Generate Capital who will be making considerable investment to the facility, and finally to the Honorable Keith Batman for his support on our application.  We are chomping at the bit to get started.”

This anaerobic digestion funding opportunity is a part of EPA’s efforts and contributions to the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative, a partnership among EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration, to reduce food loss and waste through individual and combined federal action.