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Legislature Backs State Food Rescue and Recycling Legislation

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Legislature Backs State Food Rescue and Recycling Legislation

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

By unanimous vote, the Legislature went on record in support of State legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo to require large-scale generators of food waste to donate and recycle excess food, in line with the federal Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused.) The resolution notes that the proposed legislation is consistent with County values and practices, where the County’s Department of Recycling and Materials Management already operates and is expanding programs to reduce and recycle food waste, and the non-profit Friendship Donations Network re-routes nearly half-a-million points of food each year, to feed people in need.

Recycling and Materials Management Director Barbara Eckstrom told Legislators, “This will be fitting into our overall plans for the next ten years. I applaud the State for doing this…..I am hearing very positive things on what could be happening from this legislation.”