Reducing greenhouse gases through composting and recycling

Reducing greenhouse gases through composting and recycling

The workgroup began by focusing on the life-cycle impacts of materials currently being disposed in
landfills and the GHG emissions reductions that are possible by diverting discarded materials from
landfills through recycling and composting. Although additional materials management approaches,
including reuse, remanufacturing, source reduction, material reduction/substitution,
environmentally preferable purchasing, upstream design and manufacturing changes, also promise
significant emissions reductions, the scope of this paper is limited to evaluating only recycling and
composting. Future Workgroup projects will focus more on the emissions reduction potential of these
other approaches.