Greenhouse gases like methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are generated when organic materials such as paper products, food waste, plant debris, and wood, as well as other non-organic materials, are sent to the landfill.
In 2010, 193,964 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) greenhouse gases were emitted from the waste that was sent to landfills by Fremont residents and businesses, accounting for approximately 3% of Fremont's community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.
Waste Reduction & Diversion
GHG emissions resulting from waste can be significantly reduced through waste diversion efforts. These efforts can include waste prevention, materials reuse, recycling, and composting. Resources for these efforts can be found in the links to the left.