New Mass. law to require large institutions to recycle food waste

Starting October 1, about 1,700 colleges, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses will be affected by the new law.

QUINCY, Mass.—New state law will require large institutions to recycle food waste.

About 1,700 colleges, high schools, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses will soon have to think twice about tossing expired food and scraps out with the garbage.

And many of them don’t know it yet.

Under new state regulations that take effect Oct. 1, institutions and businesses that produce more than a ton of food waste each week will have to send it to composting sites, animal-feed operations or plants that will convert it into energy.