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Troubling trend in recycling residential food waste

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Residents in Alameda County, California, apparently hit a wall last year in separating kitchen food scraps from their garbage cans, seriously slowing a trend that became standard with curbside pickup across the county in 2008.

What many residents may not know, recycling advocates say, is that the messy task of putting food scraps into a different container and putting it in the green bin helps slow climate change. When people put food in trash cans, it goes to a landfill, where it turns into methane gas, is released into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.

The data compiled by StopWaste, shows 2014 was a bad year for recycling food scraps compared with 2013 and 47 percent of houses surveyed did not put out their green carts on pickup day, indicating that fewer homes are participating in food scrap and organics recycling,” StopWaste spokesman Jeff Becerra said.

There are several theories for the troubling decline of the county’s food scrap recycling program:

People could simply be tired of doing it because it’s too messy, they have forgotten the environmental reasons it’s important, or could be suffering from food waste fatigue… ‘I’ve been doing this for a year, it smells, and I’m tired of it.’

Once a popular program is now wilting and for those working against climate change have reason to be alarmed.

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The President’s Agenda

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Thank you President Obama for caring about the environment, for looking to tackle the pollution problem, and for looking to support solutions that reduce our country’s carbon footprint and lower our greenhouse gas emissions.

Obama urges Congress to act on Climate Change Issues…

The time has come for Congress to pursue a bipartisan solution to climate change, President Obama urged in his fifth State of the Union address.

The environment and climate change has been off Obama’s agenda in recent years, but he used the stage to press lawmakers on the issue Tuesday. He touted advances in natural gas and said the United States has begun to cut into foreign dominance in the clean energy market.

“… if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama said in the address. “I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

Obama said the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence.

“That’s why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits,” he said. “But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.”