California trash & recycling
Not recycling food waste yet?
It's California law after January 209, that any business that makes more then 2 yards of waste (that includes recycling), to subscribe to a Food Waste/Organics recycling program. And it's gonna cost money. Currently, California is clamping down on cities to make sure this recycling is being done. But just coming out of a pandemic and most businesses barely getting by, the state still wants to move forward with AB 1826 and SB 1383.
Don't get me wrong. I think recycling is really important and the more we can do the better. But to make all of California's struggling businesses foot the bill to make this progress, after billions have been wasted on a high speed train going from nowhere to nowhere, seems unfair.
Nonetheless, they are moving forward and in a few years, if people still aren't recycling their food waste, they will be getting a fine.
A Food Waste recycling program that would put your business into compliance, would include a separate container from your other trash and recycle cans. ONLY food scraps at your restaurant or business cafeteria would be allowed in this container and it would be recycled at a licensed facility that either feeds it to animals, composts it, or runs it through an anaerobic digester.
Green waste, like grass clipping and tree trimmings from your property are also considered "Organic Waste" to the state. This means they want you to also have a separate container for the green waste. If your business hires a gardener, a great way to get your business credit for recycling organics, is to ask the gardener where he recycles all the green waste and ask them to write a letter for the business stating where the green waste is recycled. If the gardener doesn't recycle it or you do your own gardening, California wants you to have a container just for green waste.
Each of these different cans require a separate truck and driver, to service these organic recycle bins and costs more for tipping fees then regular trash. And the state wants ALL of the organic waste to be recycled. Not just food or green waste. Serv-Wel Disposal can provide service for both of these types of organic waste. But food donation and source reduction can also help a lot. An example of source reduction is a restaurant putting less french fries on a plate that are probably just going to go to waste. I will always ask for the server, just to leave food off that I know I won't eat. Less waste, less "carbon emissions". Does all the extra trucking and maufacturing of materials to recycle, outweigh the greenhouse gas from the food if it's just thrown away? California seems to think so. I'm not so much into the carbon emmisions thing as much as I'm into the saving our soil thing. I hope what comes out of this is healthier, more nutient rich foods and I hope people at home can start composting and growing more food for their families as well.
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