There are several key drivers for municipalities who add organics recycling to their existing yard waste programs.
Some of these include:
- Legislation: organics ban (see this page for more)
- Policies: recycling or composting goal, target landfill diversion rate, carbon neutral goals (See REFED Policy Map)
- Community demand
- Creating local green jobs and a dynamic circular economy
- Cost savings compared to incinerator or landfill options
Developing municipal organics recycling infrastructure provides a public service that will accomplish multiple goals that include reduction of waste and greenhouse gas emissions, sequestering carbon, and improving soil health.
However, each municipality will have to build their program based on why a composting or organics recycling program is right for them. Each locality will have a unique mix of factors. Different justifications will resonate with citizens of different regions. Below is a list of potential benefits to communities who choose to pursue this goal.