Green Waste Composting

Green WasteGreen waste makes up a significant portion of the solid waste that is disposed of by residents in Del Mar. Green waste includes yard waste, leaves, grass clippings, landscape wood waste, and weeds. Diverting this material to use as compost is recycling, and treating the organic material as a resource rather than waste keeps methane-producing materials out of the landfill. This helps extend the usable space of the landfill and meets California’s mandatory organics recycling requirements. 

In September 2014, then Governor Brown signed AB 1594 mandating that as of January 1, 2020, the use of green material as alternative daily cover (ADC) no longer constitutes diversion through recycling and will instead be considered disposal. As of January 1, 2020, Del Mar’s green waste is being composted in order to comply with the intent of AB 1594 and maintain the City’s commitment to sustainability.

Composting is processing organic material so that it can be added to soil to help plants grow.  Adding finished compost to soil improves soil texture, helps soil retain moisture, reduces run-off, and naturally increases nutrient content to help sustain healthy plants. Healthier plants are more resistant to pests and disease. While composting comes with increased costs, it is a cost-effective means of recycling the organic section of the solid waste stream and an essential part of an integrated solid waste management plan.

Residential Green Waste Service

For residential customers, the bundled rate paid for trash includes 3 services – trash, recycling, and green waste. Residents have the option to use their own containers for recycling green waste, or purchase a green waste cart from Waste Management. With either option, residents are limited to the equivalent volume of nine (9) 32-gallon cans of green waste. This volume may take the form of Waste Management carts, resident owned cans or tied bundles. Green waste bundles are limited to a maximum of four (4) feet long and eighteen (18) inches in diameter and bundled weight limit of fifty (50) lbs. Carts are easy to maneuver and hold the equivalent of three standard 32 gallon sized cans. 

If you are interested in purchasing a green waste cart, call Waste Management’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-386-7783.

Commercial & Multi-Family Green Waste Service

For commercial & multi-family properties, you may subscribe to green waste services through Waste Management or choose to process green waste through the use of a landscaping service. If your commercial or multi-family property utilizes a landscaping services to manage green waste, as of January 1, 2020, the material can no longer be taken to a landfill for use as ADC as this is counted as disposal pursuant to AB 1594. The landscaper is required to take the green waste to a facility that recycles the material (ex. composting). 

If you contract for green waste services with a landscaper, you are required to stipulate in the landscaping contract that the green waste collected from the commercial or multi-family property be recycled in order to divert the material and be in compliance with AB 1826 - Mandatory Organics Recycling for Businesses

Green Waste Rates

For a full breakdown of the rates for all service levels, view the Solid Waste Rates for Residential and Commercial Customers