Fight Climate Change – Compost Your Kitchen Scraps!
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Organic material that is landfilled converts to methane. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. In California, food scraps account for 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills. This means on average, every year each person in Sonoma sends about 300 pounds of food scraps to the landfill.
The good news is that methane from landfills is the easiest greenhouse gas to prevent. By placing all organic materials, which includes your food scraps, into the green organics cart, you can prevent the generation of methane. In addition to food scraps, because paper towels, napkins, and tissue cannot be recycled, but can be composted, they also should go into your green organics cart.
If you have felt a little powerless to help fight climate change, collecting and separating your food scraps is the easiest and no-cost action to make a difference. To make it even easier, the City of Sonoma is giving away free countertop kitchen pails to collect your scraps.
How to Get Your Free Pail
The City of Sonoma’s Sustainability and Water Conservation coordinators are teaming up for a one-day giveaway event at Friedman’s Home Improvement store in Sonoma on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Stop by and pick up free tools to help your household save water and a free countertop pail to collect kitchen food scraps. There also will be lots of information and opportunities to ask questions about water conservation and composting efforts in the City of Sonoma.
City of Sonoma residents can email CounterTopPails@gmail.com for free delivery or pick up at one of these locations (limit one per household, while supplies last):
- Refill Madness Sonoma, 500 W Napa St. #540
- Sonoma City Hall, No. 1 The Plaza
- Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th Street E (Fridays & Saturdays from 9:00 - 11:00 am)
- Sonoma Mayor Jack Ding picks up a free kitchen compost pail and biodegradable pail liners from Jana Wang at her store, Refill Madness Sonoma in the Sonoma Valley Shopping Center.
- Sonoma Alcalde Steve Page picks up a compost pail from Development Services Supervisor Jade Filippi at Sonoma City Hall.
- Sonoma Treasure Artist Pat Meier-Johnson picks up her free compost pail from Jonny Ehlers, Education Project Manager for the Sonoma Ecology Center at the Sonoma Garden Park.