Advancing Alternatives to Landfills
I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying “waste not want not” and it’s more true today than ever. In fact, these days, even ordinary garbage is too valuable to waste. Or maybe more accurately, simply putting it in a landfill is really too wasteful to be sustainable.
Over the past several years, CSAC has been working closely with the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC) to explore alternative methods to deal with our waste stream. These efforts are spurred by a number of factors, including a statewide goal to divert 75 percent of the waste stream away from landfills, California’s climate change goals to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and the goal to obtain 33 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.