(Last Updated 05/20/2022)
In July 2021, Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA) and 18 co-sponsors, and Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced the COMPOST Act (H.R. 4443 and S. 2388), which would designate composting as a conservation act and provide grants for composting infrastructure. A modified version of the legislation was included in the Build Back Better Act.
The original bill would:
- Create new USDA grant and loan guarantee programs for composting infrastructure projects, including large-scale composting facilities as well as farm, home, or community-based projects.
- Provide $200 million in funding for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031, funding each project up to $5 million or 75% of the project’s costs.
- Prioritize projects located in or serving communities with significant food waste or limited access to food waste composting, especially those engaging with disadvantaged and low-income communities, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
- Prioritize projects that create opportunities for hiring and leadership development that are inclusive and provide living wages.