Did you know that food is the largest component of municipal landfills? In addition to taking up space, decomposing food releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Join us in urging the NJ Legislature to pass NJ's Food Waste Recycling bill (S865/A2371) which would require large food waste generators to separate and recycle food waste. This legislation will effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in overburdened communities by diverting waste that would otherwise be burned or buried to more sustainable mechanisms like composting.
According to the U.S. EPA, anyone managing wasted food should reference the Food Recovery Hierarchy which suggests that when higher levels of the hierarchy like donating food, are not feasible, then the food waste left over should be put to beneficial use such as composted or sent to be broken down through anaerobic digestion.
Last year, a version of this bill included two generous exemptions for food waste going to incinerators and landfills. Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed those exemptions, the Assembly concurred with 51 yes votes in December 2019, but the Senate never had the chance to vote before the legislative session ended mid-January. Now we need the Senate to act!