Food Scraps Law Impact on Farms and Processors - Participation for Dairy Farms with Potential for Anaerobic Digestion
Bockhahn, Jennifer; Wright, Peter
With the introduction of New York State’s Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Law, there is a renewed potential for the profitable development of anaerobic digestion systems on dairy farms where previously the economics were not clear. An estimated influx of 250,000 tons of food waste will be diverted out of landfills and into a hierarchy of waste disposal annually in New York State. Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a perfect opportunity to reclaim the energy and nutrient components and maximize benefits for farms and society by diverting nutrient-dense organics out of landfills. These systems can reclaim nutrients, harvest methane which can be converted into renewable energy, and provide additional funds to farms through tipping fees, reduced fertilizer imports, and potential nutrient exports.
Anaerobic Digestion; food waste; Co-digestion; organics recycling; feedstock