Organic waste, including food waste, is the largest material type that is landfilled in California each year. When organic materials decompose, methane is released. In 2016, former Governor Brown signed legislation (SB 1383) that targets a reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, including methane. The law directs the state's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to adopt regulations and requirements to achieve a 75 percent reduction in organic waste disposal by 2025. The final regulations stipulate that residential, multifamily, and commercial units must divert organic waste from landfills.
On July 1, 2021, your existing green waste cart became your organics cart. You are encouraged to recycle your kitchen food scraps with your yard trimmings and other green waste. Your collection day has not changed. Simply place your food scraps in your organics cart and place the cart by the curb with your trash and recycling carts on your normal collection day. An introductory flyer was included in CR&R's July billing. If you do not currently have a green waste cart, you will be notified by CR&R and a organics cart will be delivered to you in the size that you choose.
Multi-family and other housing units with shared trash and recycling bins will have a new cart or bin located in community trash enclosures to collect food waste.