Short-lived Climate Pollutants: Organic Waste Reductions
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. In order to achieve the methane emissions reduction targets, SB 1383 also set targets to reduce the level of statewide organic waste disposal.
Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. Organic Materials – including waste that can be readily prevented, recycled, or composted – account for a significant portion of California’s overall waste stream. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 17-18 percent of total landfill disposal. Increasing food waste prevention, encouraging edible food rescue, and expanding the composting and in-vessel digestion of organic waste throughout the state will help reduce methane emissions from landfills.
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Contact & Resources
City of Vacaville - Solid Waste & Recycling1001 Allison Drive
Vacaville, CA 95687
Recology Vacaville Solano1 Town Square, Suite 200
Vacaville, CA 95688