When organic materials such as food scraps and yard debris go into the trash, they end up in the landfill and create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. A state law (SB 1383) requires residents, businesses, and organizations to properly sort their waste into three containers: food scraps and yard debris (green), recycling (blue), and trash (gray/black).
By properly sorting organic materials and recycling from the trash, we can avoid sending them to landfills and help slow climate change. In addition, recyclables can be remade into new products while organic materials can be turned into compost, which is a valuable soil amendment for gardeners and farmers.
Moreover, SB 1383 seeks to reduce food insecurity and hunger in our most vulnerable communities.