The average American produces 4.9 pounds of garbage per day, and every municipality manages it differently—a recent trend in some cities is the introduction or expansion of municipal composting programs.
Dr. Sintana Vergara is an associate professor of environmental resources engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt. She can discuss topics including:
Her research on the different climate impacts of composting, landfilling, or incinerating various forms of garbage (including solid waste, biomass, and agricultural waste);
The air pollution produced by the nation’s 72 municipal trash incinerators (operating in 21 U.S. states, including a high number in Florida, New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania), and how it affects people and the environment nearby;
What carbon sequestration is, and how it works; and
What research indicates are the best ways to manage organic waste, and why.