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The Carbon-Free Region Handbook: Waste

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Waste management is part of the basic infrastructure of a community. How waste is managed has huge implications on local health, aesthetics, and economics.

Waste can create health problems, release methane into the atmosphere, and increase pollution when not managed properly. Waste management usually extends across municipal boundaries, making it an important topic for regional governments to address. The recommendations in this section can reduce greenhouse gases while also creating economic opportunities.

Developed in partnership with the Under2 Coalition 

Action 24: Organic Waste Diversion

Description

Develop policies and programs to divert organic waste from landfills, including separate collection requirements, education campaigns, financial incentives for food redistribution, and disincentives for generating food waste.

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Wales waste strategies have been built around sustainable development, now bolstered by our ground-breaking Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. Wales is leading by example.

‐Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning, and Rural Affairs, Wales, UK

Action 25: Open Burn Ban

Description

Ban open burning of municipal waste and support the ban with education and upgrading waste collection, sorting, and treatment. Ban burning of agricultural waste and support the ban with education and financing for sustainable farming techniques.

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Action 26: Waste Energy Capture

Description

Require the installation and proper operation of gas collection and control systems at active, inactive, and closed municipal solid waste landfills. Promote gas to energy recovery to produce steam or electricity.

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Buildings

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Mobility

Regional governments can enable cities to invest in better mobility options, lowering emissions while increasing mobility choices and improving health.

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Electricity

Ensuring that our electricity comes from renewable or zero emission sources is critical to a cleaner and more resilient future.

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Industry

Regional governments provide the right scale to support industry—the foundation of many regional economies—in transitioning to low-carbon solutions.

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Land Use

Sustainable and regenerative agriculture, forestry, and other land use can help offset some of the large emission impacts that this sector produces.

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Waste

Managing waste in a sustainable manner can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also creating economic opportunities.

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Finance

Regional governments can organize and deliver financial solutions to enable all the recommendations covered in the Handbook.

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