The New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV), a non-partisan statewide environmental organization that “fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action,” has issued a strong declaration in support of the Food Recycling and Recovery Act. In a statement on their website, the NYLCV says, “The program mandates large generators of food waste to donate edible food and recycle the rest through anaerobic digestion or composting. It also sponsors grants for the creation of food waste processing facilities, and it supports local food banks in collecting money and distributing food to those in need. By including this item in New York’s budget, the state can reduce emissions and sustainably help those in need. “
This Act is intended to align New York State with the existing food recovery initiatives in New York City and facilitate the expansion and construction of collection facilities throughout the state. In addition to the clear moral imperative of food distribution, there are myriad environmental benefits associated with this program. For example, reducing the amount of waste in our landfills will help reduce methane emissions and the construction of collection and anaerobic digestion facilities in close proximity to industrial food waste generators “could reduce the costs of transportation of food waste by $22 million from the $41 millions spent by NY State annually for this service.”
American Organic Energy (AOE) has been working with community members, environmental organizations and government officials over the past several years to architect plans for a large scale anaerobic digestion facility in Yaphank that will be the standard bearer for this type of technology. “The remarkable coordination between all of the stakeholders in this process – from Governor Cuomo to our neighbors in Yaphank – has been nothing short of extraordinary,” says AOE President and CEO Charles Vigliotti.
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