The state of California is fighting climate change by requiring the recycling of organic waste. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste in landfills releases 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Recycling organic waste and recovering edible food will help fight climate change and improve public health and the environment.
Senate Bill 1383, signed in 2016, established statewide targets to achieve a 75% reduction of organic waste in landfills, and to recover at least 20% of edible food by 2025. Learn more about SB1383 from CalRecycle here.
To achieve this goal, all California residents and businesses will need to begin recycling organic waste and/or diverting food waste to an appropriate food recovery program. Startig mid-October 2021, EDCO Disposal will begin delivering new, green organics carts to all residential customers in Signal Hill. Organics collection will begin November 1, 2021. All residents will be required to place organic waste into the new green cart.
What Goes in the Organics/Green Waste Cart?
If it grows, it goes!
Food soiled paper (i.e. used pizza boxes, used paper napkins / paper towels, paper bags, paper containers)
Grass, leaves, yard waste, plants, branches
Coffee, coffee filters, tea bags
Untreated wood and natural fibers (popsicle sticks, wooden chopsticks, toothpicks)
What Does NOT Go in the Organics/Green Waste Cart?
Paper containers with a plastic or wax coating
Takeout boxes with metal that cannot be removed
Plastic bags (including certified compostable or biodegradable bags)
Clothing or textiles
Pet waste and cat litter
Rocks and soil
Cigarette butts and ashes
Anything that does not break down naturally
Educational Resources for Kids
Print out these fun puzzles and games for kids, and help them learn about what goes in the new green organics bin!
Starting in 2022, some food service businesses must donate edible food to food recovery organizations with others starting in 2024. California has a 2025 goal to redirect to people in need 20% of edible food currently thrown away. Learn more.