The following government organizations reduce food waste through enacting policies, programs, and local initiatives. Resources in your area may include recycling programs, sustainability classes for all ages, or even volunteer opportunities in your city's community gardens. Also, without local, state, and federal protections, like the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, food recovery would not be possible for many organizations!

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, protecting our air, water and land. DEP is divided into three primary areas: land and recreation, regulation and ecosystem restoration.

The City of Tampa's Dept. of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management is comprised of a 266 personnel team providing environmentally safe, time responsive, and cost-effective collection, disposal, and recycling services for nearly 90,000 residential and commercial customers in the City of Tampa

The Solid Waste Division of the City of Sarasota Department of Public Works plans, develops and implements solid waste collection and recycling programs to protect the public health and environment for our citizens and visitors to the community. Recycling is mandatory in the City of Sarasota for residents and businesses 

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides Florida-based resources on food recovery on farms, at schools and in the home

Pinellas County Solid Waste (SW) manages the Solid Waste Disposal Complex, which includes a state-of-the-art Waste-to-Energy Facility, the Bridgeway Acres Landfill, a household chemical collection program and provides waste reduction and recycling outreach and education. SW is working toward a vision of zero waste to landfill by 2050 as outlined by SW’s 30-year Solid Waste Master Plan. The County’s Where Does It Go? Search Tool connects residents and businesses with hunger relief organizations & options for composting to help the county reduce food waste.

To provide for safe and cost-effective onsite processing of waste tires, yard waste, landfill disposal of municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris in complete compliance with federal and state environmental regulations while maximizing the recovery of recyclable materials.  

Solid Waste Management oversees waste collection, disposal, and recycling in Hillsborough County. The department contracts with private companies for curbside residential and commercial service, and operates several centers throughout the county that accept trash, hazardous waste such as oil or electronics, and yard waste. The department also runs an innovative waste-to-energy plant.

Community and Veterans Services provides information for drive-thru and pick up events for food pantries in Manatee County. To join the Manatee Feeding Workgroup, email Tracie Adams:

The City of Orlando offers residents and businesses a way to recycle kitchen food scraps. The City encourages residents to take advantage of these programs and divert food waste from local landfills, reducing potent greenhouse gas emissions.