Residential Services

Organic Recycling

Coming October 1, 2021, EDCO’s New Organics Recycling Program will Collect Food Scraps and Landscape Waste Mixed Together in a Green Organics Container.

Organic Waste

Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes, and food waste and scraps from industrial and commercial operations. Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. Recycling organics will be easy and convenient with EDCO’s commingled Organics Recycling program.

EDCO will expand the source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service will allow customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. EDCO’s new Organics Recycling program will be a foundation for your community to achieve State mandates, including AB 1826, AB 1594, and SB 1383, which are directly related to organics recycling in the State of California.

EDCO’s Food Waste Recycling Video

To learn more about EDCO’s new Organics Recycling Program and how it will significantly impact the future of organic waste, please watch our informative video.

Why Recycle Food Waste?

Organic waste accounts for over 40% of the material in California’s waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as it would in nature or a compost pile. Instead, it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere.

In an organics recycling program, organic waste is recycled into valuable compost or mulch used for soil restoration, or it can be recycled by anaerobic digestion, producing nutrient-rich biofertilizer, renewable energy, and even fuel. By recycling food waste, you are extending valuable landfill space, which also reduces CO2 emissions and preserves our environment!

What Will Go in the Green Cart

Below are just a few examples of what will be able to be placed in your green organics cart.

Food Scraps

Fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, eggshells, prepared food

Food-Soiled Paper

Napkins, tea bags, paper plates, coffee filters

Yard Waste

Plants, leaves, branches, grass

What Can You do Now?

In the United States alone, a shocking 40% of food is uneaten, wasted, and discarded. As consumers, we are the largest food waste producers, believe it or not, exceeding grocery stores and restaurants combined! So, the smallest changes add up and make a huge difference. San Diego Food System Alliance is leading an initiative across San Diego County to reduce food waste and increase food donations to people. By visiting their website, at sdfsa.org/savethefoodsd/, residents can find information on food recovery throughout the county, food donation guides, and resources.

Request a Kitchen Caddie

Residents can request a Kitchen Caddie for convenient transfer of food scraps from the kitchen to the organics cart or compost pile.Kitchen Caddie

Request a Kitchen Caddie

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