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Fighting Climate Change by Recycling Organic Waste

Excerpts from CalRecycle, see the original article here.

In September 2016, Governor Brown set methane emissions reduction targets for California's short-lived climate pollutants with SB 1383. The targets are twofold. Firstly, California must reduce organic waste disposal 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025. Secondly, California must rescue for people to eat at least 20% of currently disposed of surplus food by 2025.

Landfills are the third-largest source of methane in California. Organic waste in landfills emits 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. landfills also emit air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma.

Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Reducing Short-Lived Climate Super Pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.

Here is a summary presentation of the plan:

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