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Scottsdale council to discuss food waste diversion proposal

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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Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.