North American Initiatives on Food and Organic Waste


The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, the environmental side agreement to NAFTA. An intergovernmental organization, the CEC brings together citizens and experts from governments, nongovernmental organizations, academia and the business sector to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable economic development. Find out more at:

CEC initiatives are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico, through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

About the North American Initiative on Organic Waste Diversion and Processing

As part of its 2015–2016 Operational Plan, the CEC led a project entitled the North American Initiative on Organic Waste Diversion and Processing, with the overarching objective of helping to reduce short-lived climate pollutants such as methane. The project sought to identify barriers, opportunities and solutions related to increasing organic waste diversion and processing capacity in North America. Through foundational research, consultations and webinars, the project has made a significant contribution to the knowledge base available to public sector decision makers and industry stakeholders seeking greener waste management practices.

Explore our research findings here:

Organic Waste Reports

For a complete description of the CEC’s work on organic waste, please visit:

Reducing Food Loss and Waste