assembly Bill A3672

2019-2020 Legislative Session

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

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 30, 2019 referred to environmental conservation


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A3672 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly 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:

A3672 (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.

A3672 (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  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 30, 2019

  STECK,  OTIS,  COLTON, GOTTFRIED, GLICK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
  A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on  Environmental

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

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


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