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About New Jersey School Food Waste Guidelines Legislation

In accordance with P.L.2017, c.210, approved August 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection developed guidelines in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, for K-12 schools and Higher Education institutions to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste Specifically, P.L.2017, c.210 requires the School Food Waste Guidelines to include:

  1. Information on food waste generally and the benefits of reducing, recovering, and recycling food waste.

  2. Recommendations for how schools can incorporate this information into their curricula and create programs and activities for the reduction, recovery, and recycling of food waste.

  3. Recommendations for how schools can reduce the volume of surplus food they generate.

  4. Guidance on how schools can create share tables in their cafeterias.

  5. Information on cost-effective, safe, and sanitary means by which schools may donate excess, unused, and edible food to nonprofit organizations that distribute food to nearby individuals.


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Where does food waste fit into the greenhouse gas (GHG) equation?
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