SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A new state mandate will require Sacramento residents to begin organic waste recycling on July 1, 2022, the City of Sacramento said.
California Senate Bill 1383 requires the recycling of organic matter to reduce short-lived climate pollutants in landfills due to the large number of food scraps thrown away each year.
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“We know many of our customers are eager for this program to start, but it’s important to wait until July 1st before adding food waste to your yard/green waste containers,” says Erin Treadwell, Integrated Manager of waste compliance for recycling and solid waste. Division. “We will use a different treatment for combined organics from July. Until then, our processors can only take garden waste and we want to avoid contamination. »
According to the state, Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps each year, or 15% to 20% of all materials landfilled.
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Organic waste includes food waste such as leftover fruits and vegetables, eggshells, meat and bones as well as food soiled paper such as pizza boxes, coffee filters and paper towels.
“The Recycling and Solid Waste Division will be offering extensive outreach in May and June to help residential customers learn about the new organics recycling program. This program will keep the city in compliance with state law and help the city meet its sustainability goals,” the City of Sacramento wrote.
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Learn more about the program, here.