Jan 3 - Reducing Greenhouse Gases Through Waste Prevention & Recycling

California became the first state to set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) when AB 32 was signed by the Governor last year. Earlier in the year, the Governor committed to an aggressive series of GHG emission reduction goals. Every sector of the state will be called to reduce their GHG emissions, including the waste management sector.

Ton for ton, recycling reduces more pollution, saves more energy and reduces GHG emissions more than any other solid waste management option. Californians currently throw away millions of tons of recyclable materials every year. According to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, over 60 percent of the "garbage" in California landfills can be composted or recycled. Increasing recycling should be California's priority strategy for reducing global warming effects associated with solid waste management.

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What You Can Do

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