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Posted on: July 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] New Requirements for Disposal of Organic Waste

Effective January 1, 2022, every city in California was required to implement organic waste recycling and comply with other requirements under Senate Bill 1383. Organic waste consists mainly of kitchen food scraps and yard trimmings, such as landscape and pruning debris.  CR&R Environmental Services, (CR&R), the City’s contracted waste hauler, will recycle organic waste by converting it into soil amendments at its composting facility, thereby helping to keep the community’s organic waste out of landfills.  

Starting July 1, 2022, existing green yard trimmings carts are now organics carts that can accept kitchen food scraps. Please contact CR&R at (866) 949-9694 to have an organics cart delivered if you currently do not have one.

What materials can go into the organics cart?

From your yard: Grass clippings, leaves, weeds, prunings, flowers, and other yard waste.

From your kitchen: Fruit, bread, fish, meat, vegetables, dairy, fats, oil, and grease.

Items NOT Accepted in organics carts: Recyclables (plastic, glass, metal), Styrofoam, pet waste, palm fronds, and trash.

Compostable bags are optional and available at local retailers. Other types of plastic bags are not accepted.

You can reuse containers around your home to help you contain and carry your kitchen food scraps to your organics cart. A reusable container with a lid is ideal, this can include using an empty food tub or similar containers (such as ice cream, potato salad, laundry detergent pods, etc.), especially if it has a handle. Drain excess liquid first or add shredded newspaper or paper bags to absorb excess moisture in your container.

Please contact CR&R at (866) 949-9694 with any questions regarding the new disposal requirements or visit CR&R at  

Click here for a link to the City’s Organics Recycling page for more information.

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