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Food Waste Recycling and Food Waste-to-Energy Production
Who does this law apply to?

P.L. 2020 c.24 requires establishments who generate a projected volume of 52 tons of food waste or more per year to source separate and recycle their food waste. If your establishment fits into one of the following categories and generates more than 52 tons of food waste per year, you have to comply with the law: commercial food wholesaler, distributor, industrial food processor, supermarket, resort, conference center, banquet hall, restaurant, educational or religious institution, military installation, prison, hospital, medical facility, or casino.

Food waste is defined as: Food processing vegetative waste, food processing residue generated from processing and packaging operations, overripe produce, trimmings from food, food product over-runs from food processing, soiled and unrecyclable paper generated from food processing, and used cooking fats, oil, and grease. Plate waste and food donated by the establishment is not considered food waste and shall not be included when estimating or measuring the amount of food waste generated.

This website has information on how to measure and/or estimate food waste; information on methods to reduce food waste as well as location and contact information of current authorized food waste recycling facilities in New Jersey.

Please note that if you do not currently have an authorized food waste recycling facility within 25 road miles from your location, you are not required to source separate and recycle food waste at this time. Generators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the law and a link to the law is posted below. If you have any questions about this law, feel free to contact:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Planning and Licensing
401 E State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 984 4250
reducefoodwaste@nj.dep.gov

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