What goes into your organics container?
Place the following items into your green organics cart:
- Plant debris and grass clippings
- Branches up to 4 feet long and 6 inches wide
- Untreated wood up to 4 feet long and 6 inches wide
- Uncoated food-soiled paper products: paper napkins, paper towels, paper plates and cups
- Shredded paper
- Food scraps and coffee grounds, egg shells, seeds, and bones.
Note: If an item does not fit into any of the categories above, please keep it out of the organics container. A paper bag can be used to contain food scraps and shredded paper.
Contaminants – Keep the following materials out of the organics container.
- Palm leaves and cacti
- Rocks, dirt/soil, and concrete
- Pressure-treated or painted wood
- Dead animals
- Coated paper products
- Plastic of any kind, including plastic labeled “biodegradable” or “compostable”
Keep compostable materials out of the landfill
According to CalRecycle, organics (food scraps, yard trimmings, and food-soiled paper) make up over 35% of the materials sent to the landfill as trash. You can reduce your landfill footprint by putting the compostable materials into your organics cart.
Remember the four Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycling, and Rot. Reduce comes before Rot, so buy only what you will eat. Prepare and store food properly because wasted food is a growing problem with profound environmental impacts. By making small shifts in how you shop, prepare, and store food, you can toss less, save money, and keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste.