California disposes of approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 per cent could be used to create compost and mulch. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change.
Whether you’re a business or a household, the first step in reducing organic waste is to reduce and reuse. You can find a variety of ideas and suggestions on Del Mar’s Zero Waste page.
Once those options have been fully implemented, there are additional options for recycling, composting and mulching organic waste.
Reducing the amount of organic materials sent to landfills and increasing the production of compost and mulch are part of the AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) Scoping Plan. For more information on the connection between the water sector and California’s GHG emission reduction goals, please see CalRecycle’s Climate Change page.