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Re-Purposing of Expired Food Items and Petroleum-Based Packaging for Disposal



OBJECTIVE: Develop and/or promote solutions to the disposal or destruction of expired food products and packaging.This research seeks to identify and test environmentally safe solutions to re-purpose these items into usable products thereby eliminating/saving disposal costs.

DESCRIPTION: Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support (TS) Subsistence topic of interest is research focused on the re-purposing of expired food products in the Continental United States (CONUS) as well as Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) where waste reduction and disposal costs in certain countries are becoming a major problem.This research project shall involve commercial industry practices that:• Support environmentally safe disposal of expired food items • Increases the re-purposing of food items for other uses • Reduces the US environmental footprint in OCONUS by decreasing greenhouse gases that arise from food waste buried in landfills • Examines the petroleum-based packaging accompanying food that is being disposed of in landfills or other methods for re-purposing into other usable products.Additionally, identify equipment that removes and processes the packaging from these products. • Identifies additional options of dealing with food waste and packaging • Identifies equipment that not only can re-purpose food products for environmentally safe use but also can remove packaging to potentially save labor costs.

PHASE I: Phase I – 6 Months $100KThe research and development goals of Phase I are to provide Small Business eligible Research and Development firms the opportunity to successfully demonstrate how expired food can be processed in a way that is safe for the environment and reduces costs to DLA.A Concept of Operations (CONOPs) or process will be created by the vendor for the re-utilization of expired food products.The CONOPs or process should include how the product will be either disposed of environmentally or re-purposed for another use that is also sensitive to the environment.In addition to the food products, CONOPs should include removing and recycling packaging so that disposal in landfills is avoided.The deliverables for this project will include a final report to include a cost breakdown of courses of action

PHASE II: Phase II – 24 Months $1.6MBased on the research and development results and the CONOPs developed during PHASE I, the research and development goals of PHASE II will emphasize the execution of the disposal and/or re-utilization in accordance with the CONOPs.The CONOPs will be in place within CONUS with an emphasis on OCONUS locations as mutually agreed upon between TS Subsistence and the vendor.

PHASE III: Dual Use Applications: At this time, no specific funding is associated with PHASE III.Progress documented from PHASE I and PHASE II should result in a vendor’s qualification as an approved source for food re-utilization enabling participation in future procurements.COMMERCIALIZATION:The vendor will pursue commercialization of the various processes and technologies associated with the re-utilization of expired food products as well as petroleum-based packaging developed in prior phases as well as potential commercial sales of any parts or other items.

KEYWORDS: Re-engineering, Food re-use, Food Packaging


1. DoD Manual1338.10, DoD Food Service Manual; TB MED 530/NAVMED P-5010-1/AFMAN 48-147_IP, “Tri-Service Food Code,” October 7, 2013; Defense Logistics Agency: DLA Troop Support Subsistence.

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