NYS Potential Legislation Likely to Impact Large Food Waste Generators

Author: Luann Meyer

Food waste prevention, recovery and recycling are a topic of high interest globally, nationally and state-wide. United Nations leaders set a specific target in September 2015 to “halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains by 2030” as part of 17 new comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (UNDP, 2015). A week prior, the Obama administration set a national reduction food waste goal of 50 percent by 2030 (USDA, 2015).

To meet federal goals and put the U.S. on track of meeting this lofty 2030 goal, both federal and state initiatives will be necessary.
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Update on the Revisions to New York’s Part 360 Solid Waste Regulations

It has been a few months since my last update on the proposed revisions to New York’s Part 360 Regulations. During this time, public information meetings have been held across the State and there have been numerous discussions with various stakeholders. The recent Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations conference in Bolton Landing held on May 15-18, 2016 had a special session for the Associations to provide a statement regarding the proposed regulations.  The following summary provides a highlight of current concerns being raised and the next steps in the process.  Previous blog posts on this subject which summarize many of the proposed changes can be found here.

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Solar Power Adds New Life to Closed Landfills

In the last few years more municipalities have been starting to think about alternative options for their closed and capped landfills.  One option that has become increasingly popular, no doubt with help from New York’s REV strategy (Reforming the Energy Vision) and NY-Sun initiative, has been solar energy.
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Lead in Drinking Water

Schools and municipal buildings should follow the 3Ts

Author: John Benson
Schools and other municipal buildings in New York and across the nation generally are not required to monitor their taps for lead, copper or any other contaminants, but many are wondering what they should be doing to ensure the drinking fountains and cafeterias have safe, clean water.
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Changes are Likely for the Current E-Waste Law

Author: Luann Meyer
February 24, 2016 was a big day in Albany for proponents of change to the E-Waste Law.  Eighteen (18) municipal representatives and e-waste recycling advocates told lawmakers at a hearing that the state’s 6-year old electronic waste recycling law is putting unnecessary fiscal strain on local governments.
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