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File #: 35612    Version: Name: SUBSTITUTE- Directing the Madison Food Policy Council
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 9/23/2014 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 11/18/2014 Final action: 11/18/2014
Enactment date: 11/24/2014 Enactment #: RES-14-00783
Title: SUBSTITUTE- Directing the Madison Food Policy Council in consultation with appropriate city staff to review, analyze, and provide recommendations on sustainable practices regarding food waste relating to collections, composting, and delivery of services to all areas of the city.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Chris Schmidt, Larry Palm, Michael E. Verveer, Ledell Zellers, Scott J. Resnick, Lauren Cnare, Marsha A. Rummel
Attachments: 1. 35612 - version 1.pdf
Fiscal Note
No impact at this time. Recommendations may have budget implications in the future, subject to review and approval by the Common Council.
Title
SUBSTITUTE- Directing the Madison Food Policy Council in consultation with appropriate city staff to review, analyze, and provide recommendations on sustainable practices regarding food waste relating to collections, composting, and delivery of services to all areas of the city.
Body
WHEREAS, local and regional food systems are a closed loop where food thrown away never leaves the system, and;

WHEREAS, a strong local and regional food system encompasses sustainable practices relating to the disposal and transformation of food waste, and;

WHEREAS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that over 35 million tons of food is wasted every year, representing the largest share by type of waste that makes it to landfill, and;

WHEREAS, it is estimated that approximately forty percent of all food that is produced is eventually makes its way to the landfill, and;

WHEREAS, food waste is a concern in all neighborhoods in the city and has implications for households, businesses, and institutions in the city and region, and;

WHEREAS, much food is additionally wasted while still on trees and in fields and points to the issue of lack of gleaning help across the region, and;

WHEREAS, there are many strategies that a municipalities can adopt to reduce the impact of food waste from maximizing the use of the food that is produced, to the conversion of food waste in an anaerobic digester, and;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor and Common Council direct the Madison Food Policy Council, with the assistance and staffing of the Food and Alcohol Policy Coordinator, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities and Sustainability Manager and other key city staff as necessary to review, analyze, and provide recommendations on municipal action relating to food waste in at least the following five areas:
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