Preventing Food from Reaching the Landfill
Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps each year. This equates to approximately 18 percents of all the material that goes to the landfill. But once organic material is placed in a landfill, it does not properly decompose and creates harmful greenhouse gases like Methane.
California passed a landmark bill that goes into effect in January 2022 – SB 1383, which has a goal to reduce the amount of solid waste (trash, recycling and organics) going to the landfill by 75% of 2014 levels by 2025.
In order to comply with the law, cities across California must offer food scraps collection to their customers. Oxnard already offers commercial organics collection services, but starting January 2, 2022, all single family residential customers will also be asked to placed bagged food waste in the organics (green yard waste) cart. To do this, all single-family residential accounts will be switched to weekly service for all 3 carts.