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Dr. Sintana Vergara: Garbage

Dr. Sintana Vergara, from California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, will be available for interviews on Wednesday, September 27, from noon – 2 p.m. ET.

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Interview opportunity available:

Wednesday, September 27, from noon to 2 p.m. ET

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.

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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.

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