CalRecycle Paper on Anaerobic Digestion

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The primary focus of this paper is to identify opportunities and potential solutions for capturing organic materials that are currently landfilled and putting this material to a more beneficial use as feedstock for composting and anaerobic digestion. Successfully capturing a significant portion of this material for composting or anaerobic digestion is essential to ensure the success of meeting California’s waste diversion and GHG reduction goals. In the sections that follow, staff describes how organic waste is processed in California, what happens with the end-use materials, what are California’s waste reduction targets and the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions benefits, what are the challenges in meeting and exceeding these targets, the potential solutions to these challenges, and next steps for evaluating the future of composting and anaerobic digestion in achieving Assembly Bill (AB) 32 and waste reduction goals.