In January 2022, California will be initiating the nation’s largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program. Most people in California will be required to toss food waste into green waste bins instead of the trash. In addition, grocery stores would be required to donate edible food to food donation organizations. Municipalities will turn the food waste into compost or biofuel. In the United States, up to 40% of food is wasted. According to CalRecycle, organic material makes up half of California landfills and a fifth of the state’s methane emissions.
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