The article explains, “Organics bans and waste recycling laws are outcome-oriented, rather than process-oriented, which allows businesses or residents to choose how they will prevent food waste or keep food out of the landfill. Both types of laws require “food waste generators” — the businesses, institutions, households, and other entities that create food waste — to reduce their food waste and make sure it is not being sent to a landfill. They both can help encourage food businesses to use their excess food as a resource by diverting it to higher uses. For example, after Vermont implemented an organics ban, the Vermont Food Bank saw food donations increase by 60 percent the following year.”
In 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe) bill in order to take the next step toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. The bill requires businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. The law phases in the requirements for businesses over time as follows:
- January 1, 2016: Local jurisdictions shall have an organic waste recycling program in place. Jurisdictions shall conduct outreach and education to inform businesses how to recycle organic waste in the jurisdiction, as well as monitoring to identify those not recycling and to notify them of the law and how to comply.
- April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- August 1, 2017 and Ongoing: Jurisdictions shall provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle. (See above for description of information to be provided.)
- Fall 2018: After receipt of the 2017 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2018, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of those jurisdictions that are on a two-year review cycle.
- January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- Fall 2020: After receipt of the 2019 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2020, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions.
- Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Additionally, certain exemptions may no longer be available if this target is not met.
As a result of these bans and goals, businesses and food waste producing facilities need a sustainable, yet cost-effective method of limiting the amount of waste they produce and dispose of. The Grind2Energy food waste recycling system can help businesses comply with state and local waste disposal regulations while improving their operational efficiency at the same time.
Leib, Emily Broad; Mahoney, Jill; Rice, Christina. “Fresh Look At Organics Bans and Waste Recycling Laws.” BioCycle, 10 Nov. 2016, www.biocycle.net/2016/11/10/fresh-look-organics-bans-waste-recycling-laws/. Accessed 24 July 2017.
State of California. "Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)." CalRecycle, 9 May 2017, www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics/. Accessed 27 July 2017.
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