Your garbage is a source of greenhouse gases when it is thrown away and decomposes in a landfill. Reducing, reusing, and recycling are the best ways to minimize this emission source. You can nearly eliminate your waste through these strategies. Here are actions specific to lowering the greenhouse gas potential of your waste:
- Recycle everything, especially all paper. Paper is an organic material (it comes from trees), which means it will slowly decompose and emit methane in landfills
- Put all yard trimmings in the green toter
- Start a home composting bin for your food scraps and some yard trimmings.
Recycling & Green Toters
The City of Pittsburg has existing recycling programs. The new and expanded single-stream recycling and more frequent green toter pick-up are meant to make recycling easy! Click here for more information.
The Pittsburg Disposal Service is ready to help you with recycling questions. Click here for Pittsburg Disposal Service (exit).
Recycling for Businesses:
Find information about what can go in your business' recycling bins. Click here to visit the Mt. Diablo Recycling website.
This is fun and simple way to both reduce your waste, and produce your own soil enriching amendment. The cities of East Contra Costa County offer free composting classes. The class description, dates, and sign-up are listed on this page:
Click here for free composting classes