How does this program prevent methane emissions?

When organic material, such as food and yard waste, is landfilled, it decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen) and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. 

Methane is a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide over a 20-year horizon. 

Organic waste comprises two-thirds of our waste stream and food waste alone is the largest waste stream in California. Landfills are responsible for 21% of the state’s methane emissions and they are the THIRD largest producer of methane. 

Recycling organic waste will curb methane emissions by preventing the anaerobic breakdown of the material. 

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1. What laws require food waste recycling?
2. What is food waste?
3. What is organic waste?
4. How do I separate my food waste?
5. Can I place my food waste directly in my yard waste container without bagging it?
6. Why do we need to bag food waste?
7. Do the bags have to be made of plastic?
8. What happens to the bag of food waste after it's collected?
9. Can I add compostable materials, like compostable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, to my yard waste bin?
10. Will separating food waste cause odor or pests?
11. Do I have to participate if I already have a backyard compost bin at home?
12. How does this program prevent methane emissions?
13. Can I put my new kitchen pail on the curb?
14. What happens if I don’t participate in the program?