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EDCO’s New Organics Recycling Program will Collect Food Scraps and Yard Waste Mixed Together in Your Green Cart
Residential customers receive one GREEN 96-gallon organics cart. Use your green cart to separate landscape waste, food scraps, and other organic materials for collection each week on your scheduled service day and set out by 6 a.m. or the night before.
appx. 35.75" x 29.75" x 43.25"
appx. 24.25" x 19.75" x 37.50"
Residents can request two additional green carts at no extra cost. Residents who have three green carts and want additional green carts may request more for a nominal fee.
CLICK HERE to request additional carts through EDCO’s Contact Us form.
|Recyclable Organics Includes|
Place recyclable organics directly into your designated green cart. Do not use any kind of plastic bags (including certified compostable or biodegradable bags) for any type of green waste, food waste, or other organics collection or disposal, as they contaminate the Anaerobic Digester! All organic material must be placed loosely inside the green cart for collection. Paper bags are acceptable.
Please do not place any of the following materials in your green cart:
Organic waste is a renewable natural resource, and 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.
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 begin serving customers in early 2021, assisting your community to fully comply with State Mandates and keep us On the Road to Zero Waste.
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 with no oxygen and converts organic material into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and fertilizer.
Recycling organics will be easy and convenient with EDCO’s commingled organics recycling program. EDCO has expanded the source-separated green waste collection to include recycling 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.
To learn more about EDCO’s new AD Facility and Organics Recycling Program and how they will significantly impact the future of organic waste, please watch our informative videos.
Organic waste accounts for over 40% of California’s waste stream material. 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) will soon be recycled when placed in green carts and then transported to EDCO’s AD Facility, where it will be converted into renewable natural gas (RNG) and fertilizer.
Below are just a few examples of what will be able to be placed in your green organics cart.
Fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, eggshells, prepared food
Napkins, tea bags, paper plates, coffee filters
Plants, leaves, branches, grass
In the United States alone, a shocking 40% of food is uneaten, wasted, and discarded. We, as consumers, are the largest producers of food waste, believe it or not, exceeding grocery stores and restaurants combined! So, the smallest changes add up and make a huge difference. San Diego Food System Alliance is leading an initiative across San Diego County to reduce food waste and increase food donations to people. By visiting their website, at sdfsa.org/savethefoodsd/, residents can find information on food recovery throughout the county, food donation guides, and resources.
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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