According to the State of the Environment Report (2016), only 37% of Argentina's municipalities have municipal solid waste segregation systems. The majority of its municipalities deposit their waste in open dumps or in sanitary landfills without diverting organic waste.
Methane emissions from organic waste (such as food and plant waste) are largely preventable. The actions to reduce these emissions – preventing waste at the source, diverting waste from landfills, and establishing separate collection, treatment, and energy recovery– create additional social and economic opportunities.
For waste management entities, the key to success is in convincing stakeholders, from household members to elected officials, that organic waste is valuable, and deserves attention and resources.
By demonstrating how organic waste can be a source of revenue, this project intends to increase the diversion and treatment of this waste stream. This will lead to methane reductions in line with the emissions reduction target set in Argentina's second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of a total decrease of 19% in emissions compared to 2007 levels.