Bill Dodd: Recycling Food Waste - New Year's Resolution - AB 1103

My New Year’s Resolution: Recycling Food Waste

Friday, January 1, 2016

By Assemblyman Bill Dodd

As we embark on a new year, it’s a great time to reflect on our accomplishments over the last 12 months and also set goals for the upcoming year. In 2015 we made some meaningful progress on critical issues from investing in education, to strengthening our economy, to protecting our environment. However, there is still much to do, and one area of critical importance is reducing and diverting food waste from our landfills.

Each year in the U.S. over 35 million tons of food waste is produced, and very little – only about five percent of that waste – is diverted from landfills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that food waste accounts for more of our waste stream than any other single source, and once in landfills, it breaks down to create methane, which is a problematic greenhouse gas. That’s why this new year I’m committed to help reduce and reuse our state’s food waste..

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