Scottsdale council to discuss food waste diversion proposal

By Ignacio Ventura
Published: Monday, September 25, 2023 - 7:05am
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2023 - 8:47am

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"Welcome to Scottsdale" sign at 56th Street and Thomas Road in Scottsdale.

An initiative to require city-owned public venues to divert food waste from the landfill may be a topic of discussion at future Scottsdale City Council meetings.

Councilmember Betty Janik requested the initiative be placed on a future agenda. She says food waste in the landfill emits greenhouse gasses.

"When you have food waste there in our waste sites, food rots. It generates methane, and methane is a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide," she said. 

Suggestions for diverting food include composting and donating it. The city manager will review Janik’s proposal for a later meeting, which may include a work study session.

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