CSAC Bulletin Article

Reducing GHG Through Waste Diversion

November 2, 2017

A legislative hearing in Ventura County focused on the process of diverting organic materials from landfills, in part to reduce methane greenhouse gas emissions. Recent legislation has significantly increased California’s organic waste diversion targets, but private, public and non-profit advocates have expressed concerns about hitting those targets due to California’s lack of facilities and infrastructure to properly process the diverted organic waste.

CSAC staff attended the hearing hosted by the chairs of the Assembly Select Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling in the 21st Century, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. The discussion ranged from issues with permitting compost facilities and potential increase in the tipping fee, to the development of secondary markets for goods created from organic waste byproducts. The select committee is expected to meet again in January in Sacramento.


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