2023 Food Loss and Waste Generation Study, RFP# 202308174

August 25, 2023

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant proposals for a comprehensive statewide surplus food and food scrap study to characterize the sources, quantity, quality, and types of surplus food, food scraps, and food processing-related wastes generated annually in the commercial, residential, and institutional sectors in Maine. This study must be conducted in a manner that will allow the Department to determine the potential emissions impact of rescuing or diverting surplus food and food scraps to higher and better uses. This study will also be used as the basis for an additional study to determine the infrastructure improvements necessary to be made to move food up the food recovery hierarchy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study should be structured to obtain an improved understanding of food loss and waste by quantifying and categorizing surplus food as edible or inedible and avoidable or unavoidable and identifying significant points of generation by location.

A copy of the RFP (#202308174), as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to the RFP, can be obtained at: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/rfps

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, via e-mail, at: Proposals@maine.gov. Proposal submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., local time, on September 15, 2023. Proposals will be opened the following business day. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services' aforementioned e-mail address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

For additional information, contact: David R. Madore, Deputy Commissioner david.madore@maine.gov or Mark King, Organics Management Specialist mark.a.king@maine.gov