Putting food scraps in the green bin is an easy way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.
When food decomposes in the landfill it creates methane — a potent greenhouse gas. Recycling food scraps prevents CO2 emissions and supports the circular economy by creating valuable compost or bioenergy.
Between 2015 and 2019, approximately 1.6 million tonnes of organics were diverted from the landfill, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over half a million tonnes. In 2020, the average single-family household in the region generated about 750 kilograms of organics which, if composted, could prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving 1,200 kilometres in a typical car.