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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 25, 2019 09:15 AM
From: Representative Donna Bullock
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution to Study Food Waste Recycling in Pennsylvania
 
Every year, Americans waste approximately 30-40 percent of all food produced. That equals 133 billion pounds and $161 billion of food wasted annually. As a result, food waste makes up about 20 percent of municipal landfill weight, making it the single largest waste source. Rather than send food waste to landfills, there are practical things we can do to utilize this waste. Food waste can be composted and used as mulch and topsoil and even as a source of energy via a process called anaerobic digestion.

Other states have required that food waste be recycled, but it is currently unknown whether the present infrastructure of Pennsylvania’s food waste recycling facilities could hand such a requirement. To answer that question, I will be introducing legislation that would require the Joint State Government Commission to study the feasibility of requiring food waste recycling for businesses and individuals based on the Commonwealth’s current infrastructure.

Please join me in supporting this important legislation.



Introduced as HR219