There are many benefits to keeping organic material out of the landfill. Engineered landfills are anaerobic environments, meaning they decompose without oxygen. When organic materials break down in anaerobic environments, methane gas is produced. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and contributes directly to climate change. In the landfill, buried under layers of waste and without access to light or oxygen, food cannot decompose properly. Approximately 40% of landfill material is organic. Landfill space is limited, and creating more landfills is undesirable. By eliminating this bulk, more space is created and the landfill’s lifespan is extended. Composting facilities are great for the surrounding community. Not only does this process employ local residents, it also provides surrounding areas with nutrient-rich soil that is made out of our organic waste.

Visit RCBC’s Recyclepedia for drop-off options or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline for all options available in your community.

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