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57 Action Items Found
Task the ALPC with reviewing current APR program policies related to housing, farm infrastructure, the 5% impervious surface limit, and limits on renewable energy production if sited away from productive agricultural lands, and recommending changes as appropriate.
Expand and strengthen Executive Order 193 and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). Convene a working group to develop recommendations for doing so, including how to address renewable alternative energy (e.g. solar) development on agricultural land.
Analyze impact of EEA’s 2013 policy changes related to solar incentives, and develop recommendations (in conjunction with recommendations developed under Action 3.4.2) to further incentivize commercial solar development on existing infrastructure or on lands with marginal natural resource value.
Develop guidance for farmers and municipal officials around solar development and the types of arrays and installation techniques that minimize the long-term impact on agricultural resources.
Promote and leverage the MassDEP technical assistance service, RecyclingWorks, to help food waste generators comply with the waste ban.
Provide technical assistance to municipalities to introduce their own voluntary programs for residential food waste disposal or food waste from institutions disposal below the one ton/week level.
Explore expanding the statewide Commerical Food Waste Disposal Ban to phase in smaller food waste generators and residential food waste over time.
Support increased utilization of food waste tracking/auditing systems at large generators of food waste such as institutions and grocery stores, to improve management practices and better understand the amount of food waste generated and diverted.
Encourage and support the development of innovative technology to efficiently separate food from packaging so more food can be composted or turned into energy.
Increase refrigerated storage capacity at food pantries through public funding or connections with under-used, existing, nearby facilities to allow food pantries to accept more donations of fresh, perishable foods.
Facilitate reuse of non-hazardous food processing wastewater
Maximize opportunities for anaerobic digestion at municipal wastewater treatment facilities that are designed to handle food waste materials.
Develop a market for solids and liquids produced during the anaerobic digestion process.
Support infrastructure development for handling and preparing food waste for anaerobic digestion, including packaged foods and industrial waste water.
Create a network of food scrap transfer stations to provide more efficient delivery of food waste to anaerobic digestion facilities.
Advance and incentivize smaller-scale anaerobic digestion technology installations for farms, schools, supermarkets and at other sites such as state prisons and colleges and universities.
Expand the variety of composting site locations, capabilities (including technologies to separate packaging as well as livestock carcasses), and scales able to handle the range of compost materials.
Provide technical assistance to increase the prevalence of community scale composting operations, creating high-quality and affordable compost, particularly near farms.
Support the development of equipment and processes to separate packaging from food waste.
Train food scrap generators to avoid contamination of food waste.