San Diego has completed the delivery of the green compost bin. What did they do?

San Diego has completed the delivery of the green compost bin.  What did they do?

SAN DIEGO – A few weeks after the city crew completed their distribution of the new San Diego green container, more reports on the success of the program divert organic waste from landfills.

Last month, the city saw an increase of 5,500 tonnes in organic waste collection through green bins compared to September 2022. This is related to the reduction of waste in ordinary non-recyclable bins of 4,400 tons in two months. .

Since January, more than 53,000 tonnes of organic waste has been collected by the Environmental Services Department (ESD) team since the program began dumping more than 200,000 bins to homes through the city in January.

“Organic waste recycling is an important part of achieving our climate action goals,” Mayor Todd Gloria said in a statement. I know that changing habits can be difficult, but separating your organic matter keeps waste from our landfills and reduces harmful emissions from biodegradable waste.

Distributing green bins to San Diego residents is part of the city’s efforts to comply with the 2016 Senate Bill 1383, which aims to reduce short-term air pollution through various strategies for the Resource Council. State air.

One of those strategies is the need for statewide organic waste disposal, which will be reduced by 75% by 2025, in part through local collection services for residents and businesses.

The San Diego Green Trash also helps the city get closer to action plans, weather and waste-free destinations. By 2035, city officials aim to have about 90% of all waste discharged from landfills, according to the Zero Waste Plan.

Food waste and other composting materials include most of the rubbish received by landfills across the country, which contributes to emissions, pollution and other health hazards.

According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, landfills and bins in the United States receive about 167 million tons of garbage each year. About 21% of that is food waste alone, while 15% is paper or cardboard, 8% is wood waste.

Recycling organic waste is a simple but effective step that each of us can take to combat climate change, said Joe LaCava, a member of the city council and chairman of the Environment Committee, in a statement. San Diegans now has the tools to be part of the solution.

Residents with green bins can put a variety of items in it for recycling, including food scraps, yard decorations and paper or paper products. However, glass and metal, plastic bags, separable plastic containers, pet waste, diapers and dirt can not get into this bin.

A list of what can and cannot be put in the green container can be found here. However, city officials say a good rule of thumb when sorting waste is “if it’s big it goes” in the green bin.

The material in the green bins is collected by garbage collectors on more than 200 streets a week and dumped in the compost bins that run the city. By the end of the year, the city is projecting the total amount of organic waste collected by the ESD team to be around 70,000 tons.

For more information on how to use your green bin, ESD will be hosting a live “How to Love Your New Green Bin” workshop on October 28 from 11am to noon at Pacific Beach / Taylor Library. Information about the workshop can be found on the city website.

An online guide on how to use the green bin is also available on the San Diego recycling website. There are many languages ​​including English, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

ESD Director Renee Robertson said organic waste recycling represents a significant change in behavior. But San Diegans is finding it easier to put things like eggshells, bananas and coffee grounds in green containers. Like throwing aluminum cans, cardboard boxes and plastic bottles in blue containers.

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