New Jersey has enacted a new law which requires the state to develop a plan over the next year to reduce food waste by half by 2030. The bill echoes an Environmental Protection Agency national goal set under the Obama administration in 2015 and was passed without a single dissenting vote.
Up to 40% of the food produced in the U.S. ends up in landfills and releases methane – a greenhouse gas 34 times more powerful than CO2 – when decomposing. Mark Milstein, director of the Centre for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University, said state laws mandating food waste reductions create business opportunities for recyclers, composters and others. “If you’re going to prevent the waste in the first place, rethink how people buy food, how they utilize food. Those are all potential business opportunities”, he added.