Oct 12, 2015 9:55 PM
Recycling is already mandatory statewide, but pretty soon organic waste will follow suit. Starting January 1, 2016 cities and counties will be required to have plans in place to manage the flow of commercial organic waste. That means everything from food scraps in restaurants to plant matter from nurseries.
The push from the California Air Resources board to make landfills food free by 2025 builds on existing mandates Governor Brown signed into law setting a statewide goal of recycling or composting 75% of waste by 2020.
City and county plans need to be in place by January 1, 2016 and those plans need to be implemented as soon as April 2016.
The plans are on a tiered basis. Customers generating 8 cubic yards of organic waste or more have to participate. The next year it's 4 cubic yards.
The Sierra Nevada Brewery is already a step ahead of the game. They've been on-site composting for the last 5 years, turning plate scrapings, prep food and spent brewing ingredients into a rich soil amendment.
They are teaming up with the Chico Sustainability Task Force is hosting a recycling and composting workshop on November 19th in the big room.