According to the Environmental Protection Agency, organic materials continue to be the largest component of Municipal Solid Waste. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant contributor to global climate change.

Recycling can help. Organic waste, such as green waste and discarded food, is recyclable through composting and mulching as well as through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel. California disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch (2014 Waste Characterization Study -

The State of California requires that cities and counties develop an integrated waste management plan that includes all of the following components: source reduction, recycling, and composting.

Since 2016, the State has also required restaurants, grocery stores, landscape companies, multi-family housing complexes with five or more units, and other entities that generate a set amount of identified waste (click here – go to flier with brief data) to participate in a mandatory organics waste recycling program.

The State has mandated organic waste recycling as the next step toward achieving California’s ambitious recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals.

Benefits: Participation in organics recycling provides an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. It also encourages composting, which helps protect our soil and water. Food Rescue Programs that donate unused food to non-profits that serve persons in need can also benefit. For more information see links at right.