Massachusetts To Ban the Trashing of Commercial Food WastePosted: May 29, 2012
From Bon Appetit
Last week, a biased but fairly thorough analysis revealed that Massachusetts is the best state in the nation. Even if the weather can get a little miserable, the Bay State tops (or is at least close to topping) the charts in education, health, and wealth, and recently pushed California out of its number one spot as America’s most energy-efficient state.
And it looks like it’s going to keep that energy-efficient crown for a while. Starting in 2014, large institutions including hotels and restaurants are going to be banned from throwing away their leftover food. Instead, the food waste will go to composting sites and specially-designed treatment plants to convert the scraps into energy, heat, and fertilizer.
The specially-designed plants use bacteria to break down the leftovers into methane, which is then burned like natural gas to make electricity. This kind of system is already in place in parts of Europe, and state officials hope to expand it to home and small restaurant waste, too.