- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - New England is helping lead the nation when it comes to keeping food waste out of landfills.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said four local organizations were among 14 nationwide to be honored for their success in diverting wasted food.

Americans throw out more food than any other type of waste.

In 2013, according to the agency, 37 million tons of food waste were generated, of which only 1.8 million tons - or 5 percent - were recovered, resulting in 35 million tons going into the nation’s landfills.

The EPA recognized the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for leading food recovery outreach and technical assistance efforts in the state.

The agency also honored Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts; Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

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