SPRING 2019 SMART BUSINESS RECYCLING NEWSLETTER
According to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 million Americans, including 16 million children, lack adequate nutritious food. In finding ways to improve our practices and attitudes about food waste, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants can increase donations to help fulfill this need. This Newsletter includes articles about organizations and businesses who have publicly committed to reducing food waste to landfills, use more sustainable and recyclable packaging, and increasing food donations.
The Avoidable Crisis of Food Waste Roadmap
Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization, and Value Chain Management International, a leading public and industry voice on food waste reduction, have recently released a roadmap which identifies the root causes of food waste and provides actions of measurement and reduction. To learn more, click here. To join Los Angeles County in the efforts to prevent food waste locally, visit FoodDROPLA.com.
Trends In Food Packaging Drive Sustainable Business Mainstream
Consumers are now demanding more sustainable, recyclable alternative solutions over single-use plastics in food packaging. To learn how emerging sustainable food packaging can minimize waste while meeting customers’ needs, click here.Food Retail Giants Pledge 50% Food Waste Reduction by 2030The EPA and US Department of Agriculture have announced the US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions. These Champions are businesses that have made a public commitment to reduce food loss and waste by the year 2030. To learn more about the champions and what they have agreed to establish, click here. To be recognized for your food reduction efforts in Los Angeles County, visit FoodDROPLA.com!New Laws and Ordinances
Assembly Bill (AB) 2178 Limited Service Charitable Feeding Operation (LSCFO)
A LSCFO is an operation for food service to a consumer solely for providing charity, that is conducted by a nonprofit charitable organization and whose food service is limited to certain functions. Effective January 1, 2019, LSCFO is required to register with the local enforcement agency and will need to follow operational and food service restrictions. To learn more about Assembly Bill No. 2178, click here.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1884 Food Facilities: Single-Use Plastic StrawsEffective January 1, 2019, AB 1884 prohibits full-service restaurants in California from providing single-use plastic straws to the consumer unless requested by the consumer. The Los Angeles County Plastic Straws and Stirrers Upon Request OrdinanceEffective January 3, 2019, the Los Angeles County Plastic Straws and Stirrers Upon Request Ordinance prohibits all food service businesses within the County unincorporated areas from providing single-use plastic straws or stirrers to the consumer unless requested by the consumer.