assembly Bill A10699

2017-2018 Legislative Session

Relates to the donation of excess food and recycling of food scraps

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May 31, 2018 reported referred to ways and means
May 10, 2018 referred to environmental conservation


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A10699 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27 §§27-2201 - 27-2219, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:

A10699 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to the donation of excess food and recycling of food scraps; requires designated food scraps generators to donate excess edible food and recycle food scraps; establishes responsibilities of waste transporters; requires an annual report by the department of environmental conservation on the operation of the food donation and food scraps recycling program.

A10699 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 10, 2018

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
  donation of excess food and recycling of food scraps


  Section 1. Approximately 40 percent of the food produced in the United
States today goes uneaten. Much of this organic waste is disposed of  in
solid  waste  landfills,  where  its  decomposition accounts for over 15
percent of our nation's emissions of methane, a potent  greenhouse  gas.
Meanwhile,  an  estimated  2.8 million New Yorkers are facing hunger and
food insecurity.  Recognizing the importance of food scraps to our envi-
ronment, economy, and the health of New Yorkers, this act establishes  a
food  scraps  hierarchy for the state of New York. The first tier of the
hierarchy is source reduction,  reducing  the  volume  of  surplus  food
generated. The second tier is recovery, feeding wholesome food to hungry
people.  Third  is  repurposing,  feeding  animals. Fourth is recycling,
processing  any  leftover  food  such  as  by  composting  or  anaerobic
digestion to create a nutrient-rich soil amendment.  This legislation is
designed  to  address  each  tier of the hierarchy by:   encouraging the
prevention of food waste generation by commercial generators  and  resi-
dents;  directing  the  recovery  of excess edible food from high-volume
commercial food  waste  generators;  and  ensuring  that  a  significant
portion  of  inedible food waste from large volume food waste generators
is managed in a sustainable manner, and does not end up  being  sent  to
landfills  or  incinerators.    In addition, the state has supported the
recovery of wholesome food by providing grants  from  the  environmental
protection  fund to increase capacity of food banks, conduct food scraps
audits of high-volume generators of food scraps, support  implementation
of  pollution  prevention projects identified by such audits, and expand
capacity of generators and municipalities to donate and recycle food.
  § 2. Article 27 of the environmental conservation law  is  amended  by
adding a new title 22 to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.