Law in California Targets to Cut Food Waste
A Brief Summary
The new law, Senate Bill 1383, requires the businesses in California to implement programs so that the organic material is prevented from being thrown away. California must address food waste as a result of the new law which went into effect beginning 2022.
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According to The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, the new law will help cut up to 1,27,000 metric tons of emissions a year in San Diego alone and free up approximately 7,00,000 tons of landfill space yearly.
The SB 1383 goal, which was first introduced in 2016, is to minimize organic waste by 75% by 2025. According to the legislation, businesses including, grocery stores, restaurants and food distributors to donate 20 per cent of food that would have otherwise been thrown away to food recovery organizations by that time.
Local governments are required by law to provide ways for businesses and residents to recycle the materials, such as collecting containers and outside programmes. Organizations that are regulated must also maintain track of their activities.
The California law establishes procedures for recycling and reusing waste, such as transferring it to anaerobic digestion plants that can produce biofuel and energy. In a similar move, the US Department of Energy announced many grants in 2021 to aid in the conversion of food waste into biofuels or polymers.
Food waste contributes significantly to global emissions. Food waste accounts for up to 10% of emissions, according to S&P Global Ratings, and about $1 trillion worth of food is wasted each year.
Food waste reduction is also one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which intends to reduce food waste by half by 2030. The US has likewise aligned itself with those goals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Businesses play an important role in the endeavour; in the United States, businesses such as restaurants and hotels are reported to account for around 40% of the country's garbage. As a result, the hospitality industry, for example, has begun to adopt waste tracking and management software.
According to various news reports, despite the lengthy planning for the new rule in California, the rollout of plans and recycling systems is still underway in many locations. According to the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles, it may take until August for all of the parties involved to come up with strategies to make recycling a daily activity.