Following in the footsteps of Massachusetts, a bill has been introduced
to the Rhode Island House of Representatives to ban commercial and
institutional food waste from landfills, and would require this food
waste to be processed in a useful way, such as anaerobic digestion or
composting. If the bill is passed into law, as early as 2015, any
commercial or institutional entity that generates more than 52 tons of
food waste annually would be subject to the ban. By 2019, this is
scaled-up to any entity generating 18 tons per year, and by 2021, all
businesses generating food waste have to divert it from landfills.
While landfill bans can be a controversial subject, this bill can be a
major step forward for eliminating food waste. By showing the benefits
of food waste recovery, Rhode Island could help set the example that
other states could follow, with or without a landfill ban.
Have a great weekend,
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