New York now requires the biggest source of food waste to either donate excess food or recycle food waste. The idea behind the new legislation is to keep food and the associated methane emissions out of landfills.
With the new law taking effect on January 1, 2022, New York has joined the states that already have similar laws — California, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
According to EcoWatch, businesses and institutions with an average of two tons of food waste per week now have to donate edible foods and recycle food scraps, provided the business or institution is located within 25 miles of a suitable processing facility.
The state agencies estimate that about 7.8 billion pounds of food go to waste each year.
Whoa, that’s the weight of over 17,000 Statues of Liberty!
The new law has many benefits. Apart from reducing the amount of wood waste, it will also provide jobs and create compost that can enrich local soils.
Food donations, on the other hand, will help over 2.2 million people in New York who face food insecurity.
The law proposes a simple food waste hierarchy that all of us can actually adopt in our homes: reduce > donate > compost.
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