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As of August 2021, you should not place food waste in your yard waste container.
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Yes, all rates will be affected - residential, multifamily and commercial. These rates cover the costs of yard waste and food waste recycling services and the processing of those materials.
SB 1383 does require a City fine mechanism for non participating accounts. Fines won't begin until 2024.
The City is required by the new law to conduct residential route reviews bi-annually.
Yes. All residential and multi-family properties and commercial businesses across the state are required to recycle organic waste generated onsite.
Per SB 1383, residents are required to receive food waste cart service. There are no discounted options at this time. Residents may also utilize backyard, small-scale, and community composting systems to recycle their food scraps.
"BROWN (current)/BLUE (future) - Recycling cart: cardboard, plastic and glass containers and bottles, aluminum and tin cans, and paper (place these items loose in cart)
GREEN - Organics cart: food waste, grass clippings, leaves, tree/brush trimmings, weeds, dead plants
BLACK - Trash cart: Styrofoam, chip/candy wrappers, bathroom waste, diapers, pet waste, plastic bags, palm fronds/branches, and other non-recyclable garbage (bag these items)"
SB 1383 requires uniformed cart colors across the state for both residential and commercial services. Blue will signify recycling, green or brown for organics, and black for trash. This consistency will help reduce confusion and contamination of recycling across the state.
The food waste will go to CR&R facilities to be processed and composted.
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.
SB 1383 allows for 3-cart commingled food waste and green waste or a 4-cart system to collect food waste and green waste separately. Locally, 4-cart system has limits in processing, comes at a greater cost, and has a greater environmental footprint (i.e., additional carts, additional pick ups). Orange County has a regional processing system that allows for commingled food waste and green waste to be processed together.
Current participants in other cities have cited no smelly kitchens! There are many ways to alleviate smells. Some people use kitchen pails with a closed lid, some pails even have carbon/charcoal filters. Keeping the kitchen pail or food scraps in the freezer until collection day is an option to alleviate smell. Dumping your pail out in the cart frequently also helps.
Basically, If It Grows, It Goes!
Possibly - stay tuned.
Food waste counter top pails can be purchased at stores like Walmart, Home Depot, and Amazon. More easily, you can repurpose a container or bowl you have at home to collect food scraps.
No plastic bags are accepted. We prefer you to use no bags at all. If you need to mitigate odor or the "yuck" factor, recycled brown paper bags are acceptable. You can use certified BPI compostable bags as well.
We would recommend rinsing your organics cart out over your lawn or another yard area to help mitigate a smelly container. Lining the cart with yard waste prior to food waste is helpful at keeping the carts clean and odor-free. If necessary, CR&R can swap out your cart(s) at once per year.
Dirty/soiled paper napkins or paper towels cannot be placed into the green container and must be discarded into the trash container. Biodegradable cutlery can be discarded into the green waste cart.
Yes, all yard/grass clippings, gardening, and tree trimmings should still be placed in your green organics container. Please note that palm fronds and logs/stumps are NOT accepted; place these in your trash cart if they fit.
Yes, the City and CR&R will contact residents on upcoming opportunities to learn more about SB 1383 and its effects on residential customers. Keep an eye out for CR&R bill inserts with additional information and the City's Solid Waste & Recycling website.
Perhaps! Check back on the City's website/social media for updates.
No, the law only requires certain businesses like hotels, large venues, and large restaurants to donate edible food. However, if you would like to donate, there are several locations in OC where you can drop off your non-perishables to be distributed to food insecure community members. These will soon be listed on the Laguna Hills website. Local to Laguna Hills, Crossline Community Church takes food donations from residents. Please contact them before donating: http://www.crosslinechurch.com/serve/food-pantry/food-pantry-needs/.