Organics recycling is coming soon to all residents, multi-family complexes and businesses!
Here are some exciting highlights to look forward to:
- WVC&R will provide a food waste pail to all residents, both single-family and multi-family to use in the kitchen.
- Along with the food waste pail we will deliver detailed information on how to properly participate in the new organics program.
- If your business or multi-family complex doesn’t already have organics service, WVC&R will be in contact to provide your site with the appropriate size organics container(s).
- Your efforts in recycling organics will help the environment by increasing the diversion of organic materials away from the landfill and toward the production of value-added products such as compost, fertilizers, and biofuels.
Organics service is provided at no additional charge, it’s included with the cost of your garbage service.
SB 1383: Fighting Climate Change by Recycling Organic Waste
Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Reducing Short-Lived Climate Super Pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.
Landfills Are the Third Largest Source of Methane in California
Organic waste in landfills emits:
- 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma.
California’s Methane Emissions Reduction Targets
In a statewide effort to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), by 2025 we must:
- Reduce organic waste (food waste, green waste, paper products, etc.) disposal by 75%
- Increase edible food recovery by 20% by ensuring commercial food generators have access to food recovery services.
Rate Adjustment Update for Solid Waste Services
The annual rate increase is effective July 1, 2021.
The most significant portion of this annual rate increase are costs necessary to comply with SB 1383, California’s law to reduce organic waste methane emissions. SB 1383 requires cities across California to provide organics collection and recycling service to all residents and businesses. Costs related to SB 1383 include increased fees to process organic materials (processing organics is more costly than landfilling), annual route reviews and regular monitoring to ensure compliance (required in the law), outreach (required in the law) and more.
Table 1 below shows the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 adjustments in rates for a 35-gallon residential garbage cart, which is the most common residential service level. Rate adjustments vary by City/Town based on factors including the number of homes and businesses and services provided.
Rate adjustments on larger residential garbage carts and commercial garbage containers are not included in Table 1. Please refer to the links below for a complete list of rates effective July 1, 2021.
Is your business or multi-family complex ready to start recycling organics?
Contact WVC&R Outreach Department at (408) 283-9250 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.