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  • NJ S3027
  • Establishes State food waste reduction goal of 50 percent by 2030.
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Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish for the State a goal of reducing, by the year 2030, the amount of food waste generated annually in the State by 50 percent of that amount which is generated in the year this bill takes effect. The bill would require the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in consultation with the Department of Agriculture (DOA) and within one year, to develop and commence implementation of a plan to accomplish the 50 percent State food waste reduction goal. The DEP would be required to hold at least three public hearings during the development of the plan to seek public input thereon. The departments also would be authorized to consult and coordinate with other governmental entities and private, nonprofit, or charitable associations, organizations, or businesses, such as those in the agricultural, grocery, restaurant, food manufacturer, food supply, food bank, food pantry, and healthcare sectors of the food industry, in developing and implementing the plan. As part of the plan, the DEP, in consultation with the DOA, would be required to make such recommendations for any administrative or legislative action deemed necessary to further progress toward achieving the State food waste reduction goal. Food waste is a major issue in the United States and globally. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), unwanted and discarded food squanders resources, including water, land, energy, labor, and capital. In addition, when food waste is dumped in a landfill, it rots and creates methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. The FAO has estimated that one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption - about 1.3 billion tons - is lost or wasted every year, and the food loss and waste in industrialized countries equates to a value of approximately $680 billion. The FAO has also stated that if one fourth of the food lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people. In addition, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic has estimated that 40 percent of the food supply in the United States is not eaten. Also, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture have stated that food loss and waste is the single largest component of disposed municipal solid waste in the United States. In 2015, the Administrator of EPA and the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture announced a national goal of reducing food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030. This bill would set that same goal for the State of New Jersey and thereby start the State on the road of doing its proper part in halting this worldwide waste of precious natural resources and in helping to ensure that all people everywhere can have enough food to eat.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Environment and Energy, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.136.  (on 7/21/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
7/21/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.136.
6/22/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (75-0-0)
6/22/2017 A Substituted for A4631
6/1/2017 A Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading
5/25/2017 S Passed by the Senate (39-0)
3/13/2017 Senate Environment and Energy Hearing (19:00 3/13/2017 *Revised 3/7/17 - A-3056 (1R) was added for consideration.)
3/13/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Environment and Energy Committee
2/27/2017 Senate Environment and Energy Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 )
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A4631 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 5/25/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 39 0 1
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Environment and Energy Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0