Maine Legislature Passes Food Scrap Ban 

Will keep thousands of tons of food waste out of landfills.

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March 6, 2024 (PORTLAND, ME) – Maine’s legislature has passed a bill that would require many commercial food producers to donate and compost food waste rather than send it to a landfill. The bill would reduce food insecurity, save cities and towns money, and slow climate change from methane pollution. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response. 

“Methane pollution is over 80 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide in driving the climate crisis,” said Nora Bosworth, Zero Waste attorney at CLF. “The main culprit of this pollution is decomposing food scraps in landfills, and this bill offers a logical solution to this problem. It’s time for Maine to catch up with the rest of New England and embrace a better solution for our food waste.” 

CLF experts are available for further comment.