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Environmental advocates joined with business leaders to support Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to invest $30 million

of cap-and-trade proceeds in recycling, composting, recycled-content manufacturing and organic waste to energy projects. This funding will help build the infrastructure necessary to transition the waste sector from a major source of climate pollution to a source of greenhouse gas reductions.

Recycling, composting and using organic waste to generate renewable electricity and fuels are proven, cost effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Making new products from recycled materials helps close the loop by reducing the carbon impact of California’s manufacturing sector, while supporting its expansion. These multiple industries also have a demonstrated track record of putting Californians to work, producing twice the environmental benefit when compared to disposal of the same materials. Diverting materials from landfills –while expanding domestic end uses for the recovered materials – helps achieve multiple state policy objectives.

“These funds will help create the right economic environment for construction of vital anaerobic digestion and composting infrastructure that is necessary to achieve the state’s 75 percent recycling goal,” said Mike Sangiacomo, president and chief executive officer of Recology. “Additionally, the development of anaerobic digestion will help create green jobs, as well as new mechanical and technological expertise in our industry.” 

Published in the March 2014 Edition of American Recycler News