The State of California estimates that over 30% of the material disposed in local landfills is organic material; and approximately 18% of landfilled material is food waste. Conversely, one out of every six people in Ventura County is struggling with food insecurity. Making the effort to feed hungry people benefits the environment, so it is a win-win proposition.
What can you do at home to reduce food waste and help feed hungry people?
Recover Food Waste at WorkThe Environmental Resources Division is working with Waste-Free Ventura County (Waste-Free VC) to assist grocery stores, hotels, restaurants and other food generating businesses donate extra food to those in need. For more information about edible food recovery, or to donate food from your organization, get in touch with Waste-Free VC, (805) 981‐6645.
State of California Senate Bill 1383: Passed in 2016, SB 1383 is a law that aims to reduce organic waste disposal in California by 75% and recover 20% of edible food by 2025. This law means that most everyone in Oxnard will have a collection program for food waste at both home and work.
The Environmental Resources Division currently has a commercial food waste collection program and is developing a residential solution.