Mass. Considers Landfill Ban on Business Food Waste

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is considering a landfill ban on all food waste from businesses like hotels, restaurants and more.

About 1.5 million tons of organic food waste is disposed of in Massachusetts each year, but only about 100,000 tons is properly composted, according to the state’s DEP. The new goal is to divert at least 350,000 tons from landfills annually by 2020, according to Green Lodging News.

The primary goal, of course, is to cut down on the methane produced by the organic food waste that sits in the state’s landfills, but other goals include being mindful of the state’s disposal limits and cutting down on business disposal expenses. The regulation is expected to take effect in 2014.

The DEP is currently holding monthly discussions to outline the framework of the ban and a draft of the ban is expected by 2013.

This move is just one of many proposed by Massachusetts in recent months to cut down on waste. Late last year, the state was named the most energy efficient state in the country by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and is on track to reduce its energy consumption by 2.4 percent this year.

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