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Organic Waste Management

Organic Waste Management

Join Los Angeles County Public Works for a virtual community workshop to discuss the new organic waste collection services which will be rolling out soon and the upcoming draft Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance. Everyone is invited to attend as all organics waste generators are impacted by the organics collection requirements! The workshops will be recorded and posted on CleanLA.com for those unable to attend.

Community Workshops will be held virtually on:

  • Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. – in English
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6 p.m. – Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 10 a.m. – in Spanish

Registration links coming soon for access to the virtual community meetings*

Organic Waste Collection: A Statewide Effort!

In September 2016, former Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1383, which established Statewide targets to reduce landfill disposal of organic waste by 50% by year 2020 and by 75% by year 2025, and recover edible food for donation that would otherwise be sent to landfills. The law also required the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the State authority for solid waste, to develop regulations to enforce upon everyone (all residents and businesses) to subscribe to organic waste collection services with their waste hauler by January 1, 2022.

What Is Organic Waste?

Organic waste is material that comes from living organisms such as, but not limited to, food, food scraps, food soiled paper, paper products, yard or green waste, wood, manure, and organic textiles like cotton.

Why Is Diverting Organic Waste Important?

When organic waste is buried in a landfill and decomposes, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that pollutes the air and contributes to climate change. Landfills are unable to capture all of the methane which means some of the methane goes into the atmosphere. Climate change can look like extreme changes to weather such as more frequent and intense heat waves, large storms, drought, more frequent or larger wildfires, and insect outbreaks. When we collect organic waste separately from trash, we can keep it out of the landfill and process it to create useful products such as compost or renewable electricity and transportation fuel without releasing methane into the air.

What Is The County's Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance?

SB 1383 requires every jurisdiction in the State including the County to adopt an ordinance to ensure and enforce all persons (residents, and business/property owners) in the County unincorporated communities subscribe to organic waste collection services with their waste hauler by January 1, 2022.

What Do You Need To Do To Comply?

Your waste hauler will provide specific information on how they will collect the organic material and may require you to separate your organic waste such as food waste, food-soiled paper, and yard waste from your trash and place it into a container specifically labeled for organics. Some waste haulers may simply have you put food waste into the green organics/yard waste bin. You may self-manage your organic waste on-site such as backyard composting, or self-haul your organics to an acceptable site such as a community compost center.

Questions?

For more information, please call Los Angeles County Public Works staff at (888) 253-2652 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We also encourage you to check back to this website for additional updates.

*ADA and Title VI Accommodations: Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations, interpretation services, and materials in other languages or in an alternate format may contact Los Angeles County Public Works at (626) 458-5100. Requests will be processed within 7 days. Individuals with hearing or speech impairment may use California Relay Service 711.

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