The waste and landfill sector refers to methane emissions that result from anaerobic decomposition of organic waste in the landfill. During the first 20 years after its release into the atmosphere, methane gas is 84 times more potent than CO2. The 2015 Eagle Valley waste diversion rate was 19.6%, and the recycling rate was 26.9%. Composting is a diversion effort that helps cut emissions from the landfill by reducing the organic waste that breaks down as methane. Recycling is a means of reusing materials after their useful life so they can be re-purposed as something new. Recycling saves energy, water, and emissions related to the extraction of raw materials. So while recycling may not have a large effect on our local emission reductions, it helps drive our national recycling economy and protect currently undeveloped natural resources in their natural state. Our communities goal is a 30% overall diversion rate by 2025 including both composting and recycling so we can reduce our overall impact both locally and globally.
Waste & Landfill Diversion Goals
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