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New Law Will Idle Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers, Lawn Mowers

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will phase out the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers and other small off-road engines. According to the Air Resources Board, an hour’s use of a gas-powered leaf blower produces the same emissions as a drive from Los Angeles to Denver.

(Oct. 10, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Refill ’Er Up! Newly Signed Bill Allows for Wine Bottle Reuse

A state bill was recently signed into law allowing consumers to bring their own wine bottles to be refilled at participating tasting rooms. “The new legislation allows wineries to reduce packaging waste and cost,” said Heather Brand, owner I. Brand & Family Winery in Monterey County.

(Oct. 6, 2021) → Read the full Monterey Herald report

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Image caption: Some small composting facilities, made necessary by a methane-reduction law,  have been set up in or near community gardens.
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Image caption: At the dump, food waste is methane-producing garbage. At a farm, it's a valuable part of the food web.
Back to the Land, Not the Landfill
In 2022, California trash haulers will begin turning millions of tons of methane-emitting organic waste into a new cash crop: compost.

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