The New Jersey State Senate is considering a bill that would encourage composting and building more food-waste-to-energy facilities in the state. The bill was approved by the Senate’s Environment and Energy Committee last week.
It is similar to legislation that has been passed in Connecticut and Massachusetts and some large cities around the country NJ.com has more:
A study by Rutgers University's Agricultural Experimental Station last year suggested that New Jersey was not utilizing the potential energy from biomass - organic materials like plants and waste that could be used to produce electricity or propel vehicles.
Beyond just curbing greenhouse-gas emissions, biomass, largely underutilized, could reduce dependence on fossil fuels and improve air quality, according to the study. The state spent about $3 million last year trying to promote biomass energy.
"This is common sense and it works to resolve multiple problems, from generation of energy so we can work to become more energy efficient to addressing our landfill issues, as well as combatting global warming,'' Smith said.