When trash gets thrown away it does not go away. Our waste gets shipped around the world and contributes to the harmful greenhouse gasses emitted. The less waste that enters into landfills and incinerators, the less greenhouse gases and air pollutants that are released. Food waste entering landfills emits methane, which is a strong greenhouse gas with high climate change potential. And incinerators produce air pollutant by-products such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The way we produce, consume, and dispose of goods and food in the U.S. accounts for 42% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions1. Therefore, we can make a significant impact by consuming less, recycling more, and composting.