The state of California deposits an estimated 11.2 billion pounds of food in landfills annually. Food waste makes up 24% of municipal landfill input and contributes to 6.1% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. State law now requires residents to sort food scraps and other organic waste into a compost-specific bin. The law also mandates that the state recover 20% of edible food otherwise disposed to landfills for use in addressing food insecurity. That’s in addition to the state’s goal of cutting organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025. These new requirements will further reduce food waste in a state where surplus food production decreased by 10% between 2016 and 2022.

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