What is Organic Waste?
California State Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), requires all jurisdictions to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed in landfills. Organics include everyday items like food scraps, leaves and lawn clippings, and soiled paper products.
We can all pitch in to help organic waste reach its higher purpose – when recycled properly, organics can go on to become a rich and nourishing soil amendment.
Types of Organic Waste
- Coffee grounds
- Veggie ends and peelings
- Cooked and uncooked pasta
- Meat and fish bones
- Wasted food
- Coffee filters
- Tea bags
- Uncoated paper cups, plates, napkins, and straws
- Paper towels and bags
- Pizza boxes
- Cardboard egg cartons
- Lawn and leaf clippings
- Wood chips
- Christmas trees
- Pumpkins from Halloween
What are the goals of the new organics recycling rules?
When organic waste decomposes in landfills, it creates methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG) that contributes to climate change. SB 1383 aims to:
- Reduce the amount of methane created by keeping organic waste out of landfills.
- Reduce organic waste going to landfills by 75%.
- Help organic waste meet a higher purpose as compost and return this valuable resource back to the soil.
- Protect our beautiful Placer County quality of life for the future through sustainable solutions now.
Check-in with your jurisdiction on local regulations
From Roseville to Auburn, each jurisdiction in Placer County is responsible for collecting organics for recycling. Click here to learn how organics are collected in your area.
However, no matter how organic waste is collected in Western Placer, it will be recycled to its fullest potential at the WPWMA’s materials recovery and composting facilities. The WPWMA is in the process of implementing innovative technologies that will significantly increase the amount of organics recycled at the materials recovery facility – including food waste. The improvements, expected to begin in mid-2022, will satisfy SB 1383 organic waste recycling requirements without changes to current residential waste collection methods.
Top 5 Best practices to help reduce organic waste production
- Compost: Composting at home is the process of recycling organic material into rich soil that’s great for your garden, easy and fun! Make composting a family affair by encouraging all in your household to scrape their plates into a compost bin. Click here to get tips on how to master your at-home compost!
- Donate: Empower yourself with healthy choices that feed your community, not your bin. Donate non-expired food (perishables and nonperishables) to a local food bank, shelter or even the break room at your work. Chances are someone you know, or a local organization could put the food to good use.
Visit the PlacerFoodBank.org or the County of Placer’s Feed it Forward page to learn how to begin your new food donation habit.
- Reduce and reuse: Think outside the bin and get creative with your leftovers instead of throwing them out. Save the napkins you received with your takeout meal, utilize overripe bananas to create a freshly blended smoothie or banana bread, or use leftovers in a salad or sandwich.
- Make a list and check it twice: Save money and food waste by making a grocery list and checking it twice before you over-purchase food and paper products that you already have at home.
- Freeze and date: Opt for freezing perishable food before it spoils. Tack on the date, and you’ll be ready to enjoy recipes in the future and save a trip to the store. This tactic can also be applied when you arrive home from a grocery trip. Did you buy a bulk pack of fresh chicken but only plan to use half of it? Split the fresh food in half and place the other in a sealed container with a date and enjoy the following week.
Visit www.SaveTheFood.com for helpful tools, tips and calculators to better manage your food waste.