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Posted on: December 6, 2021

Organics Waste Recycling Changes Ahead

Senate Bill (SB) 1383
Also known as the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy, SB 1383 establishes the goal of reducing the volume of organic waste disposed in California landfills by 75% by 2025.
New requirements will take effect January 1, 2022:
·        All businesses and multi-family properties must have organics collection service available. Your green carts now accept yard waste and organic waste. For any questions about your organics waste services, please email alhambra@republicservices.com
·        SB 1383 establishes the goal of increasing edible food recovery by 20% by 2025. Some food service businesses, labeled as edible food generators, must donate all excess edible food to food recovery organizations and services. For any questions about this program, please contact Joris Eigirdas at Alhambra City Hall at (626) 570-3249 or email jeigirdas@cityofalhambra.org.
 
What is Organic Waste?
Organic waste is any material that is biodegradable and comes from a plant or an animal. When disposed in a landfill, organic waste produces large amounts of methane and significantly contributes to climate change. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills, and reducing their disposal in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.


Dos and Don’ts of Organics Recycling

Acceptable Materials for Green Organics Cart:

o    Yard trimmings

o    Flower trimmings

o    Tree trimmings (twigs/branches must be 4 ft or less in length, and less than 6 inches in diameter)

o    Leaves, grass, brush, and weeds

o    Untreated and unpainted wood

o    Biodegradable waste bags

o    Food-Soiled Paper (Napkins and paper towels, uncoated paper: plates, cups, bowls & pizza boxes)

o    Food Scraps (raw or cooked):

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy Products
  • Breads, grains, pastas
  • Meat & Seafood (including bones) 
  • Prepared or processed foods (chips, sandwiches, etc – remove packaging)


Unacceptable Materials for Green Organics Cart:

o    Dog poop or pet waste from any animal

o    Diapers

o    Glass, Metal, Plastic

o    Hot ashes or briquettes

o    Large amounts of soil or sod

o    Plastic bags, or plastic of ANY kind

o    Rocks, concrete, dirt, sand

o    Styrofoam

o    Wood that has been treated, coated or painted

o    Particle board

o    Compostable plastics, including bags and utensils


E-Waste & Bulk Items Disposal

-    Electronic waste, such as computers, televisions, stereos and printers, and bulk items, such as mattresses and furniture, require separate disposal from your black, green or blue bin. Please don’t dump items on someone else’s property – that’s illegal dumping. And don’t set these items at your own curb, hoping they’ll be picked up – that’s not neighborly. Contact Republic Services at (800) 299-4898 to schedule a Bulky Item or E-Waste pickup. Each resident is entitled to receive four bulk item pickups per year. Up to four bulk and/or electronic items or up to 10 bags of clean yard waste (no trash) will be accepted per pickup. Additional pickups are available year-round for a fee.


Battery Recycling

-    There are now four convenient Alhambra locations to drop off household batteries. Please note that automobile and industrial batteries are not accepted. Look for Household Battery Recycling Containers at:

o    Alhambra City Hall, 111 South First Street

o    Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 South First Street

o    Joslyn Center at Story Park, 210 North Chapel Avenue

o    Alamnsor Park Office, 800 South Almansor Street


Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

-    Any products labeled toxic, poison, combustible, corrosive, flammable, or irritant cannot be disposed of in your black, green or blue bin. LA County Public Works offers collection events every Saturday throughout LA County to dispose of car batteries, automotive products, light bulbs (CFLs), gasoline and diesel fuel, medicine, sharps waste/medical needles, spray paints, and other HHW. Visit this website to find a collection event near you: https://pw.lacounty.gov/general/enotifyCalendar/Calendar.aspx/.



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