Baldor Specialty Foods also partners with local farms to sell imperfect produce items like apples, onions and potatoes. ( Photo courtesy Baldor Specialty Foods )

For years, companies have sent their organic waste for animal feed, compost or land application. New product innovation has also been a way companies have been able to use more of their products — broccoli stalks being made into broccoli slaw, for example, or cauliflower that would not meet strict retail specifications being chopped up to be sold as cauliflower “rice.”

Rodoni says that more options are still needed.

“Regulatory mandates seem to be driving what’s going to become a change for us,” Rodoni says, mentioning California Assembly Bill No. 1826. “This bill is going to require us to start reporting tonnage, and this bill is also going to require that we validate that we’re participating in an organics recycling program or a food recovery program. It’s going to dictate that we have training in place and that we provided properly labeled or color-coded bins to collect this waste stream so that it does get to the right place.”

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