Throwing food away — or just burning it — counts as recycling in bill awaiting Murphy’s approval

food waste

MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – America has a major food waste problem, and New Jersey is no exception.

Upwards of 40% of food in America is never eaten and just gets thrown out, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s a problem that has plagued the Garden State for years, but legislation has also stalled for years in Trenton as other nearby states like New York and Vermont passed their own laws.

In 2017, Gov. Chris Christie signed a law setting a goal to cut New Jersey’s food waste in half by 2030. One way to do that is to expand composting, and a bill sitting on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk now tries to do just that …

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