In an effort to preserve landfill space and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, officials in Massachusetts are preparing to ban hospitals, universities, hotels, large restaurants and other big businesses from tossing food waste into the trash, the Boston Globe reported.
The proposed rule is likely to be issued this summer but wouldn't take effect until 2014, the Globe reported. The goal is to divert one-third of the state's nearly 1.4 million tons of commercial food waste produced each year from the landfill to composting and anaerobic digestion facilities.
Advocates told the newspaper that sending commercial food waste to anaerobic digestion facilities would save money as tipping fees in Massachusetts averages between $60 a ton to $80 a ton.
State landfill capacity is expected to drop from about 2.1 million tons this year to about 600,000 tons by 2020, the newspaper reported.