June 6 - Methane Emissions Higher Than Previously Thought

A recent study by a UC Santa Barbara scientist found that Methane emissions across parts of the United States are higher than currently known.

In California, decomposition of organic material in landfills accounts for the largest source of anthropogenic Methane.

The best and most foolproof way to address the issue of Methane, which is a Greenhouse Gas 25 times more powerful than Carbon Dioxide, is to recycle organic materials rather than sending them to the landfill. One-third of the materials currently being sent to landfills, including food waste and yard trimmings, are readily recyclable. In fact, food is the most common item in the waste stream, and is easily composted or processed via anaerobic digestion to create a great source of fertilizer or renewable energy.

AB 341 sets an ambitious recycling goal for California: 75% by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, more must be done to increase organics recycling. CAW has developed an aggressive agenda for increasing organics recycling in California. Find out more about our recommendations here.

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