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Restaurants In Austin Can No Longer Throw Away Excess Food By Law

The city of Austin, Texas is pushing forward the food waste narrative by forcing its entire restaurant industry to get creative with its excess food.

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KXAN reports that restaurants in the city are now barred from tossing their excess food in the trash at the end of each night. It’s part of the city’s new Universal Recycling Ordinance, which is part of a Zero Waste initiative that Austin hopes to complete by 2040.

A lot of waste coming from the city’s businesses fell into the “organic materials” category, which included food, based on a previous study. Thus, Austin was looking for ways to cut down the waste.

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