When organic compostable materials such as food scraps, yard trimmings, and paper break down in a landfill, they contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Because these materials decompose anaerobically (without oxygen) in a landfill, they produce methane, which is one of the most potent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and a major contributor to climate change.
Organic waste in landfills emits:
- 20% of the state’s methane
- Other air pollutants such as PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions such as asthma
In an effort to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions, the State is asking cities like Lynwood to increase the diversion of organic materials away from landfills and toward the production of value-added products such as fertilizers, compost, and biofuels. The simplest way to do this is to separate out organic waste from the rest of our trash, the same way we do with recyclable materials. This allows our waste hauler to repurpose these materials into mulch, compost, healthy soil, and other materials that help, not harm, our environment.