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Reducing wasted food in order to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts (Doglio, Slatter, Macri)

Establishes a goal for the state to reduce, by fifty percent, the amount of wasted food generated annually by 2030, relative to 2017 levels.

Authorizes the department of ecology to estimate 2017 levels of wasted food in the state using a combination of solid waste reporting data and surveys and studies measuring wasted food and food waste in other jurisdictions. Requires the department of ecology, in consultation with the department of agriculture and the department of health, to develop and adopt a state food waste reduction plan designed to achieve the goals mentioned above.

Requires each county and city comprehensive solid waste management plan to include, in the waste reduction and recycling element, waste reduction strategies, which may include strategies to reduce wasted food and food waste that are designed to achieve the goals mentioned above and that are consistent with the food waste reduction plan.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL BILL
Authorizes wasted food reduction and food waste diversion activities to be funded from the Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Litter Control Account (the money in which primarily originates from the Litter Tax levied on certain consumer products), alongside the existing uses of the Account for waste reduction, recycling, litter control, and composting activities.

Adds wasted food reduction and food waste diversion to the Department of Ecology’s waste reduction, recycling, and litter control program responsibilities.

Changes the name of the waste plan that the Department of Ecology must develop from the “food waste reduction plan” to the “wasted food reduction and food waste diversion plan”, and recodifies the new section requiring creation of the plan from the Solid Waste Management chapter (RCW 70.95) to the Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Litter Control chapter (RCW 70.93).

Requires, if the Department of Ecology designates a stakeholder advisory panel for developing the wasted food reduction and food wasted diversion plan, that the panel include representatives from local government health and solid waste departments, food banks and hunger-focused nonprofit organizations, and food businesses and food business associations.

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2411&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)