Residential Services

Organic Recycling

EDCO’s New Organics Recycling Program will Collect Food Scraps and Yard Waste Mixed Together in Your Green Cart

Encinitas Organics Coming Soon Mailer

Encinitas Organics Roll-Out Mailer

Organic Waste

Food scraps

Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes and food waste and scraps from industrial and commercial operations.

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO has constructed the first state-of-the-art, advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the region’s needs.

Anaerobic digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can significantly contribute to the management of organic waste in California. Capturing and reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere is critical in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and future generations.

EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility

Since 1967, family-owned and operated EDCO has had a long-standing commitment to reducing environmental impacts through innovation. EDCO’s state-of-the-art AD Facility will assist your community to be in full compliance with state mandates and keep us On the Road to Zero Waste.

EDCO Anaerobic Digestion Facility

AD is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials such as food waste, green waste, fats, oils, and greases. Anaerobic digestion happens in closed spaces where there is no oxygen, and once completed, converts organic material into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and fertilizer.

Recycling organics is easy and convenient with EDCO’s commingled organics recycling program. EDCO has expanded the source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service will allow customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. EDCO’s AD Facility will be a foundation for your community to achieve State mandates, including AB 1826, AB 1594, and SB 1383, which are directly related to organics recycling in the State of California.

EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Video

To learn more about EDCO’s new AD Facility and how it will significantly impact the future of organic waste, please watch our informative videos.

Why Recycle Food Waste?

Diagram of food waste recycling process

Organic waste accounts for over 40% of the material in California’s waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as it would in nature or a compost pile, because it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere. Organic material (food scraps and yard waste) is recycled when placed in green carts and then transported to EDCO’s AD Facility, where it will be converted into renewable natural gas and fertilizer.

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What Will Go in the Green Cart?

Below are just a few examples of what will be able to be placed in your green organics cart.

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Food Scraps

Fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, eggshells, prepared food

Food scraps

Food-Soiled Paper

Napkins, tea bags, paper plates, coffee filters

Pieces of food-soiled paper

Yard Waste

Plants, leaves, branches, grass

Yard waste

Papaya and orange fruit scraps

Bag to Earth

Bag to Earth offers an eco-friendly, compostable paper food waste bag that is odor-proof, leak-resistant, and made entirely from renewable sources from responsibly managed sustainable forests. Residents can purchase bags at the Cardiff Seaside Market, 2087 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff, Lazy Acres Natural Market, 150 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas, Solana Center, 137 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, or online at bagtoearth.com/store or call Bag to Earth at 613-354-1330 to place an order.

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