What if I put my food waste in the trash?

When you don’t put your organics (food and yard waste) and recycling in the correct carts, this is called contamination. If you contaminate, you will be alerted of your contamination via a hang tag. It’s important you don’t contaminate because then we cannot recycle correctly! If you continue to place food waste and yard waste in the trash cart then City fines can occur. For more information, you may visit https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp/faq/enforcement.


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1. Will it affect my rate?
2. Will I be fined if I don’t do this?
3. When will I get inspected?
4. Is everyone required to recycle organic waste?
5. What if I don't want to participate in CR&R's organic curbside collection of food waste + yard waste?
6. Regarding changing cart colors, what type of each material should be placed in each container?
7. Why are cart colors changing?
8. What will happen to all the food waste being collected?
9. What if I put my food waste in the trash?
10. Why isn't food waste collected separately than green waste?
11. I was already putting my food waste in the yard waste, so how is this a change?
12. Will there be a smell in my kitchen?
13. What kind of food waste can I place in my pail?
14. Will the City provide kitchen pails for indoor collection?
15. Where do I buy a pail?
16. Can I use a plastic bag? Can I use biodegradable bags?
17. What if my organics cart (exterior) gets really dirty or smelly?
18. What about dirty/soiled napkins or towels? Can I place biodegradable cutlery in the food waste cart?
19. May I continue to place yard waste in my green container?
20. Will there be subsequent community workshops or town halls once the new program is implemented?
21. Will the City host classes on home composting?
22. Are residents required to donate food?