And now, some statistics: Between 25% to 40% of the food produced in the United States is wasted annually. About 72% of the municipal waste stream is organic waste, which the EPA has deemed the largest generator of methane (www.waste360.com/operations/food-waste-bans-can-be-problematic-landfills ).
Harvard Law School is even getting into the act; their Food Law and Policy Clinic has released a toolkit for states and municipalities entitled “Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities”. Harvard Law suggests eight different policy areas states and municipalities can act upon (https://www.biocycle.net/2016/11/10/fresh-look-organics-bans-waste-recycling-laws/).
Harvard’s policy push isn’t novel; the European Union’s Landfill Directive predates US initiatives. The EU’s efforts reduced biodegradable waste entering EU landfills, and this has grown an industry centered around sustainable waste management. It encompasses recycling, composting, and energy generation (www.waste360.com/operations/how-banning-food-waste-affects-industry).
Due to science, statics, and progressive politics, as of December 2016 five states and several larger municipalities had banned food waste entering landfills. That included California; Connecticut; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Vermont; as well as Austin, Texas; New York, New York; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington (blog.spoileralert.com/food-waste-bans).
In particular, California legislated waste recycling requiring commercial food waste generators to either compost or anaerobically digest the organics (https://www.biocycle.net/2016/11/10/fresh-look-organics-bans-waste-recycling-laws/). California mandates that businesses generating more than four cubic yards of organics per week must either recycle the organics onsite or to subscribe to an organics recycling service.
Economic motivation exists alongside legislation. Typically, lower tipping fees are charged at food waste recycling facilities compared to landfills. According to BioCycle, in 2014 US composting site tipping fees averaged only $36 per ton, while US landfill tipping fees averaged $44 per ton (https://www.biocycle.net/2016/11/10/fresh-look-organics-bans-waste-recycling-laws/).
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