San Diego completes organic collection rollout

Woman recycling organic kitchen waste by composting in green container during preparation of meal

San Diego’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) recently completed the delivery of more than 200,000 organic waste recycling green bins to city-serviced homes, empowering San Diegans to segregate food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings for weekly collection.

“Recycling organic waste is a key part of achieving our climate action goals,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “I know changing habits can be hard, but separating your organics keeps waste out of our landfills and reduces harmful emissions created by rotting waste.”

The organic waste recycling program helps the city comply with SB 1383, which requires California residents and businesses to reduce the disposal of organic waste by 75 percent by 2025. It also moves the city closer to achieving zero waste and climate action plan goals.

Since the program rollout started in January more than 53,000 tons of organic waste have been collected for recycling. Comparing September 2023 to September of 2022, the city has seen a reduction of waste in black bins of 4,400 tons and a corresponding 5,500-ton increase in organic waste in green bins.

Organic waste collected is processed at the city’s Miramar Greenery.

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