Legislation: Banning Food Waste From Landfills

Massachusetts - The Roadmap

"Because many landfills are reaching capacity and are heavy contributors of greenhouse gases – the Environmental Protection Agency ranks them as the third largest source of methane gas emissions in the US – some policymakers are looking for alternatives." - CSM

"In recent years, a small handful of US cities and states have passed laws aimed at reducing the amount of food waste rotting in landfills. In 2011, Connecticut became the first state to ban commercial food waste from landfills. Vermont followed suit the following year. Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland, Ore., also have commercial food waste bans." - CSM

"Massachusetts’s efforts could potentially become a road map for the rest of the nation, says Dana Gunders, a staff scientist for the NRDC and author of the 2012 report. Diverting food scraps from landfills to composters not only reduces greenhouse gasses given off by rotting food, but also recycles food nutrients into future crops." - CSM

"However, the Massachusetts ban does not specify where the waste must go. And for many, this question is the crux of the matter." - CSM

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Axelrad, J. (1014, November 9). Could Massachusetts food waste ban be a road map for the rest of the country? ( video). Retrieved September 18, 2015.