The capital of Texas has instituted a ban on throwing away food that aims to help the environment and reduce waste, but some residents aren’t happy with the additional costs it could cause, according to Fox News.
The city of Austin announced the Universal Recycling Ordinance on Monday, the same day it took effect.
“The URO requires convenient access for employees to divert discarded organic material, such as food scraps or soiled paper products, from landfills,” the ordinance reads. “Options include donating extra food to feed people (preferred), sending food scraps to local animal farms or ranches, developing customized solutions and composting, either on-site or with a private organic collection provider.”
Why are they doing this?
A significant portion of the city’s trash and recycling, 37 percent, is organic and could have been donated or composted, according to a 2015 study. Before the ordinance, that waste was simply sent to landfills.
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