Ubelhor: Bill to recycle food waste passes House

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Matt Ubelhor (R-Bloomfield) authored House Bill (HB) 1170 which would allow food waste to be recycled as swine feed. The bill passed unanimously out of the Indiana House.

“This idea was brought to me by a teacher who noticed that some schools and restaurants throw away a lot of food and that something should be done to try to recycle that into a useful product. Working towards this goal, I authored House Bill 1170 which would allow food waste to be converted into swine feed,” said Rep. Ubelhor.

If enacted, HB 1170 would allow for most food waste to be converted into swine feed in accordance with the rules adopted by the Indiana Board of Animal Health. The processing could only occur at facilities with a valid license issued by the board. Once the food is made, a state chemist will have to inspect and approve it to be used.

Currently, federal law allows food waste to be recycled into dry, pelletized swine feed, but Indiana does not have a statute that allows it. Under HB 1170, Indiana would be aligned with federal law and able to start implementing this process.

“This bill not only creates a useable product from food just going to waste, but also ensures that the swine feed is completely safe for the animals,” said Rep. Ubelhor. “I am pleased this bill received bipartisan support in the House.”

The bill will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration and debate.

For more information on HB 1170 and other legislation, visit www.iga.in.gov and search for the bill number.

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Rep. Ubelhor (R-Bloomfield) represents the majority of Greene County and portions of Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties. He serves as a member of the Ways and Means, Public Policy and the Natural Resources committees.