Bioenergy Devco applauds local legislators’ efforts to reduce methane emissions
A group of more than 50 leaders from across the US sent an open letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 31 October, calling on the US federal government to update landfill emissions monitoring standards and support their efforts to phase organics out of landfills and incinerators.
The letter comes weeks after the EPA unveiled a groundbreaking initiative – the Wasted Food Scale – which highlights the harmful effects of sending food waste to landfills and incinerators.
Over one-third of the food produced in the US goes uneaten, wasting the resources used to produce it.
A significant portion of this wasted food finds its way to landfills, where it breaks down and generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Wasted food is the single most common material landfilled and incinerated in the country, comprising 24% and 22% of landfilled and combusted municipal solid waste, according to Bioenergy Devco.
"I applaud the proactive efforts of these local legislators to address a very critical need, impacting not only at the local level but also a worldwide problem. There is clear evidence of an overwhelming desire to address methane emissions that impact local communities and waterways," said Bioenergy Devco's CEO Shawn Kreloff.
"We see the greatest impact on issues that impact us on a global level made by local communities working together to protect the environment and strengthen their economies.
"We look forward to continuing to partner with local legislators and residents to do just that, and also serve as a resource to local communities in their efforts to curtail methane emissions."