Letter: Good recycling will reduce global warming | Opinion

Christy Pestoni

Senate Bill 1383, California’s new food waste diversion law, creates new rules to keep food waste out of our landfills. This new law, which came into effect this year, has many advantages: it reduces methane emissions, creates compost that enriches the soil and helps produce fuel.

The law holds each of us personally responsible for the waste we produce. Now you need to compost your organic waste – kitchen scraps, yard waste, paper towels, towels, tissues, etc., and make sure they don’t end up in the landfill.

These organic elements are called short-lived climate pollutants and they produce methane when they break down in our landfills. That’s why Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling delivered a green compost kitchen bucket to you last summer. Please start building new habits now to avoid local fines from 2024.

For the first time ever, local cities are responsible for enforcing this law and are now required to purchase finished compost for use in city parks, as gifts for residents and for organizations. non-profit. It is the way the State ensures that local communities adopt the principles of the circular economy which are essentially: recycle and reuse. This is something the UVDR has been doing here in the Upper Valley for over fifty years.

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The new law states that all unused and still viable food must be redirected to local food banks and edible food recovery programs. This includes all viable, unused food from restaurants, commercial kitchens, grocery stores, large-scale events, etc. All good things, but there’s an awful lot of change needed for that to happen.

Our company has worked hard over the past two years with all of our city and county partners to determine the best way to implement these changes at scale. It is a progressive and proactive approach that the whole community can support.

As you may know, UVDS has been operating at “net zero emissions” for over 15 years. This means that UVDS operations reduce more GHG emissions than we produce, which is vital if, as a global community, we want to prevent further global warming.

Recent mandates from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will help our state and nation achieve its climate change goals by requiring all California waste collection fleets to convert to 100% Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). here 2035. This means that the UVDR will launch our fleet. transition by 2027 at the latest and for small utility vehicles such as vans by 2025.

These changes also impact city and county buses, postal delivery vehicles, UPS, FedEx, Amazon (whose daily deliveries have increased 3,500% in 7 years), AT&T, Comcast, PG&E, contractors , the grape and wine transport trucks and the defensible space tree companies, which travel every day and work our streets and roads.

UVDR supports these aggressive regulations to protect our environment and reduce climate pollution. We are already planning this transition. This means that our familiar, local garbage trucks will be replaced by electric, hydrogen or other zero-emission energy within the next three years.

Help us reduce waste by being more selective about what you buy and following state and local guidelines on what we can accept. Better yet, lead your fight against the big plastic industry and demand that their packaging has a recycling path in our market today.

Many people ask: where can I buy Green Pail compost bags? The answer: Sunshine, Safeway, Steve’s Hardware, Silverado Hardware, Cal Mart, College Market, Target and Amazon.

As always, we’re here to help. Please contact our outreach team at [email protected] or visit our full website at www.uvds.com.

Upper Valley Disposal and Recycling

Teresa H. Sadler