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Elk Grove residents will begin organic recycling on July 1

Fruit and other things that can be used as compost

The California Legislature passed SB 1383. From the state recycling website:

Fighting Climate Change by Recycling Organic Waste

In September 2016, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. set methane emissions reduction targets for California (SB 1383 Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). The targets must:

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025.
  • Rescue for people to eat at least 20% of currently disposed surplus food by 2025

Landfills Are 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.

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.

For residents of the city of Elk Grove, this will begin July 1, 2022.

What Mandatory Organics Recycling Means for Elk Grove Resident

In a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants like methane, all jurisdictions are now required to implement mandatory organic waste collection programs. Beginning July 1, 2022, Elk Grove residents will be required to throw food scraps or other organic material in the green waste bin, mixed with your yard waste. This bin will become your “organic waste bin” and will be serviced weekly, along with your trash bin. 

Food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. This decomposing waste produces methane, a naturally occurring gas more powerful than carbon dioxide at producing climate impacts. Reducing organic waste in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crises. 

After July 1, all residents will receive new solid waste carts, including an organic waste cart for food scraps and green waste. Up to 2 additional carts may be requested for no additional charge. Learn more about the changes coming in July 2022 at elkgrovecity.org/recycle

CONTAMINATION MONITORING
The City of Elk Grove is mandated to conduct regular
route reviews where containers are randomly selected
and checked to ensure materials are placed in the
proper carts. Recording, reporting, and follow-up is
required for any contamination that is found.

Because new habits take time to develop, the City will
initially take an educational approach with residents
whose bins are not properly sorted. After a one-year
grace period, the City will begin to levy fines against
repeat offenders. We all need to do our part, as the
stakes are high—the State of California can actually fine
Elk Grove if it believes the City is not doing enough to
make people follow the rules.

Additional information will be coming soon. Please
“like” our Facebook page and follow @COEGRecycles
on Instagram for upcoming notifications, or read future
editions of this newsletter. You can also visit our website
at elkgrovecity.org/recycle

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