Food waste; to study VDACS sources, scale, and prevention of food waste. (SB486)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Study; VDACS; sources, scale, and prevention of food waste in the Commonwealth; report. Directs the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) to study, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality and stakeholders, the sources, scale, and prevention of food waste in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, VDACS shall (i) assess the total annual statewide rate of preventable food waste received by landfills within the Commonwealth; (ii) identify the industry sectors within the Commonwealth that contribute to preventable food waste, and determine their rate of contribution to such waste; (iii) identify alternative uses of food that is wasted; and (iv) recommend policies to reduce the annual rate of preventable food waste in the Commonwealth with data-driven reduction targets and timelines, including food donation requirements for certain food waste from grocery stores and restaurants. The provisions of the bill are contingent on funding in a general appropriation act. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104878D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB486)
01/31/2020Reported from Rules (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/05/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/07/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/07/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB486E
02/07/2020Printed as engrossed 20104878D-E
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Passed Senate (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB486E)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
02/27/2020Continued to 2021 in Rules