|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 30, 2019||referred to environmental conservation|
assembly Bill A3672
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Albert A. Stirpe
Carmen E. Arroyo
A3672 (ACTIVE) - Details
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 ________________________________________________________________________ 3672 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y January 30, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT, GALEF, L. ROSENTHAL, STIRPE, ARROYO, STECK, OTIS, COLTON, GOTTFRIED, GLICK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. THIELE -- 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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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