Your Household's Food Scraps and Green Waste

California disposes of approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 per cent could be used for compost and mulch. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills have been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change. Reducing the amount of organic materials sent to landfills and increasing the production of compost and mulch are part of the AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) Scoping Plan. For more information on the connection between the water sector and California’s GHG emission reduction goals, please see CalRecycle’s Climate Change page.

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What does that mean for my household?

Everyone can help reduce the amount of organic waste in our landfills. Organic waste, such as yard trimmings and food scraps, are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel. Detailed information is located on Del Mar’s Zero Waste page.

What else can be done with organic waste instead of throwing it in the trash?

Reduce your food waste:

Reuse what you can:

  • Repurpose leftovers and kitchen scraps into new meals
  • Freeze, dry, or vacuum seal food to give it a longer life in your kitchen
  • Share extra food with neighbors and coworkers

Recycle your organics:

  • Compost inedible kitchen scraps
    • Composting is a means of turning organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your home landscaping
      • Learn more about composting. There are many methods of composting. Find one that works best for you according to the amount and kind of waste you produce, and how much space and time you have available.
      • Not able to compost yourself? Check out Food Cycle, Solana Center for Environmental Innovation’s drop-off community composting program.
      • Chip yard trimmings to use as mulch to retain moisture in soil and conserve water