Senate Bill S2995

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Environmental Conservation Committee

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2019-S2995 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 27 Title 22 §§27-2201 - 27-2219, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:

2019-S2995 (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.

2019-S2995 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2019-S2995 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 31, 2019
 Introduced  by Sen. KAMINSKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed 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.
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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