Organic Waste Recycling for Agriculture, Grocers, Hospitals, Restaurants, Schools

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News Date: 
February 11, 2017
Organics Recycling - Food Scraps

Agriculture companies and local grocers, hospitals, restaurants, and schools are now required to separate for composting all organic waste, including food scraps, and outdated food.

Why Organics?

There are many health and environmental issues that are created by landfill waste, and organic waste makes up about 30% of the material that is land-filled in the Salinas Valley every day. 

Organic waste such as green materials and food materials are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change. 

Waste such as food scraps, food leftovers, or trimmings and soiled paper should instead be sorted from trash, diverted from the landfill, and turned into compost and renewable energy. There is a charge for the collection service, however many businesses will reduce their trash service to offset this cost.  

What is the Requirement?

State Law requires businesses and multifamily complexes of five or more units to recycle their organic waste, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. For more information, visit Salinas Valley Recycles or CalRecycle’s website: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling AB341

Salinas Valley Recycles and Republic Services of Salinas are available to help implement services best for your company by providing free infrastructure, free training, and other resources.

Republic Services of Salinas: (831) 751-5453
Salinas Valley Recycles: (831) 775-3007