NJ almost passed an eco-friendly food waste bill. Then Trenton happened

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SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – New Jersey was on the verge this summer of mandating an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of half-eaten sandwiches, moldy apples and tons of other food waste in an attempt to reduce the state’s carbon footprint.

But a bill that emphasized large-scale composting and other food recycling methods was  largely defanged just before it was passed by the state Legislature in June.

The amendments essentially let restaurants, supermarkets, school cafeterias and other large institutions to continue sending their food waste to landfills and incinerators, where they release tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gases each year …

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