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With the adoption of New Jersey’s Food Waste Recycling Law (effective October 2021), there has been an increased focus on addressing wasted food across the state. CET is available to provide support in these efforts and is excited to contribute to the diversion of wasted food in New Jersey. To learn more, or to request assistance, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or e-mail wastedfood@cetonline.org.

Helpful New Jersey Wasted Food Resources

  • Mid-Atlantic Food Waste Policy Gap Analysis and Inventory
    • This report includes a review of current policies, regulations, plans and goals in place that can help or hinder food waste diversion in four Mid-Atlantic states, including New Jersey. It provides a brief overview of existing policies, with links to more detailed information, as well as highlighting opportunities to further diversion. The report was developed for the NRDC, with support from CET, the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic, and BioCycle.

New Jersey Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • Bill A-4705, passed May 2019, established the New Jersey Food Waste Task Force to identify and make recommendations related to reducing wasted food throughout the state. This includes strategies related to source reduction, food donation, consumer awareness, and modifications to date labeling.
  • Effective October 2021, Bill A-2371, requires every large food waste generator that produces an average projected volume of 52 or more tons of food waste per year, located within 25 miles of an authorized food waste recycling facility, to source separate and recycle food waste at an appropriate facility. Generators may be exempt if the cost of transporting and processing the food waste at the recycling facility exceeds 110 percent of the cost to transport and dispose of the food as solid waste.
  • Bill S-3027, passed in 2017, established statewide targets to reduce the disposal of organic waste by 50% compared to 2017 levels by 2030. This Bill also required the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to develop a plan to support the state in achieving this goal. The Draft Food Waste Reduction Plan is now available online.


For more information regarding food waste estimates, source separation guidance, and how to start a food donation program, open CET’s Toolbox.


Contact CET to learn more about food recovery and waste diversion opportunities for your business, institution, customers, or association members: