New York – Soil Health and Climate Resiliency

New York State’s Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act aims to reduce the effects of farming on climate change and to enable farmers to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change by focusing on sustainable water management and soil health on farms. It establishes the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act, the Soil Health Program, and the Climate Resilient Farming Initiative. … Read More

Policies on Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration

Some of compost’s most valuable benefits yield from its ability to efficiently build and bolster soil health. Compost application increases soil organic matter, in turn reducing the need for chemical fertilizers, building soil biodiversity, decreasing the likelihood of plant disease and pest issues, increasing soil capacity to absorb water, and building soil’s overall resilience to extreme weather. Featured here are examples of policies that aim to bring these benefits of soil health and carbon sequestration to fruition through the encouragement of soil-supportive practices.… Read More

Policy Tools for Capacity Building

The Waste to Wealth program seeks to encourage a composting infrastructure that is locally distributed and possesses a diversity of scales, feedstock materials, and end-uses for compost products. For more information, see ILSR’s report on “The State of Composting in the US” for … Read More

Maryland – Right to Compost for HOAs and Condos

The right to engage in composting is often prohibited or highly restricted for those living within homeowners’ associations (HOAs) or condominiums. Maryland House Bill 248, which became law on May 30th, 2021 without the Governor’s signature, clarifies rights and restrictions on composting regulations in condominiums and HOAs throughout Maryland. The new law, sponsored by Delegate Emily Shetty (District 18), allows condominium and HOA unit owners to subscribe to food scrap collection services and HOA lot owners to compost at home. It will take effect on October 1, 2021. … Read More

Rules to Encourage Composting

Policy is a major driving factor in enabling and mobilizing composting efforts, especially for farmers and local community sites, by providing financial incentives and supporting expansion of infrastructure. A growing number of cities, counties, and states are recognizing the benefits of composting and, accordingly, enacting policy measures that support the creation and expansion of composting programs and efforts.… Read More

Maryland – Montgomery County Ag Zoning Amendment

In February 2021, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed the Montgomery County Ag Reserve Zoning Amendment, which addresses limitations on the amount of materials farmers can source from off their farms for producing compost or mulch. This zoning amendment makes it easier for farmers in the county to mulch and compost by allowing more material to be sourced from off their farms.… Read More

Maryland – Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion

In April 2021, the Maryland Legislature passed House Bill 264, “Solid Waste Management – Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion – Food Residuals,” sponsored by Delegate Lorig Charkoudian (District 20). The bill’s goal is to divert wasted food from landfills and incinerators and spur the development of more capacity to reduce, rescue, and recycle this material. It became law on May 30th without Governor Hogan’s signature. … Read More

Dollar Store Restriction — New Orleans

Decisions made by city officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left some devastated areas of the city, especially New Orleans East and the Algiers neighborhood, particularly vulnerable to the invasive spread of dollar store chains. … Read More

Dollar Store Restriction — Birmingham, Ala.

Birmingham, Ala. is one of the largest cities yet to pass a dollar store dispersal restriction. The city did this in coordination with a concerted effort to combat food deserts. Birmingham created a “Healthy Food Overlay District,” which includes the majority of the city’s footprint.… Read More

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