California Passes Historic Organics Diversion Legislation That Will Lead to Wider Adoption of Zero-Waste Initiatives and Increased Demand for Compostable Products
Typically about 35-40% of municipal waste consists of organic food scraps and yard trimmings that are readily compostable. When this organic waste decomposes in an oxygen-deprived landfill it generates large quantities of methane, which is 23 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Furthermore, landfilling of organic waste can also result in water and air pollution. Composting organic waste not only avoids these impacts, but also reduces the volume being landfilled by 70% while creating valuable soil supplements needed in agriculture.
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