The Rhode Island senate has passed legislation to require institutions that produce over two tons of organic waste per week to dispose of food scraps in a more environmentally friendly way. The legislation would require these institutions to separate organic wastes from their trash and either have it composted, arrange for it to be used agriculturally, or have turned into energy at an anaerobic digestion facility.The legislation is aimed at extending the life of the state's Central Landfill. If this bill passes the house, the food waste requirement would take effect in 2016. The law would only apply to institutions with an available composting or anaerobic digestion facility with appropriate capacity exists within 15 miles. “Organic materials make up a huge portion of our trash, and if we could eliminate them, we’d get years more use out of the Central Landfill,” said RI Senator Catherine Cool Rumsey. “Besides, why put them in the landfill when there are ways they can be turned into something useful?" To read more about Rhode Island's proposed food scrap bill, click here.
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