TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – When are trash incinerators and landfills considered recycling facilities?
Under a bill up in both houses tomorrow, the answer is when they burn methane gas from food waste to generate electricity.
The legislation (S-1206), a political football kicked around by lawmakers for the past five years, aims to get a start on better managing the millions of tons of food waste each year discarded by large generators of garbage, most notably restaurants, hospitals, prisons, supermarkets and higher education institutions.
As much as 40 percent of the food that is grown, processed and transported in the United States is never eaten, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Much of it ends up in garbage dumps, where it rots and releases methane into the air, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change …