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Posted on: April 20, 2022

City crews begin rolling out new green bins to residents

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Crews from our Solid Waste Division are on a roll delivering thousands of green bins as part of our Residential Organics Collection Service. 


Watsonville residents will now be able to place their food waste from their kitchen, as well as yard waste into these green bins. Residents will receive a notice in the mail letting them know when to expect their new bin. 


“If residents already have a yard waste bin, you’re simply going to start using that as an organics bin,” explained Tami Stolzenthaler, Senior Environmental Project Analyst with the City of Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department. “What that means is now you can make a mix of your yard waste and all of your food scraps into that bin.”


This statewide effort known as SB 1383, which aims to reduce emissions, requires all Californians to participate. The green bins will be collected on your normal collection day. 


“By recycling these organics, it’s going to be turned into compost and it turns out that if we just throw this stuff away, sitting in the landfill it’s converting into methane gas,” said Stolzenthaler. 


Residents with questions are encouraged to call 831-768-3133 or email food.scrap@cityofwatsonville.org.


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Equipos de nuestra División de Residuos Sólidos han estado entregando miles de contenedores verdes como parte de nuestro Servicio de Recolección de Materiales Orgánicos. 


Residentes de Watsonville ahora podrán colocar todos los desechos de comida de la cocina, así como los desperdicios del jardín, en estos contenedores verdes. Residentes recibirán un aviso por correo informándoles cuándo recibirán su nuevo contenedor.


“Si residentes ya tienen un contenedor de desperdicios de jardín, simplemente comenzarán a usarlo como un contenedor orgánico”, explicó Tami Stolzenthaler, Analista de Proyectos Ambientales del Departamento de Obras Públicas y Servicios Públicos de la Ciudad de Watsonville.“Eso significa que ahora puede mezclar desperdicios del jardín y todos los deshechos de comida de la cocina en ese contenedor”.


Este esfuerzo estatal conocido como SB 1383, cuyo objetivo es reducir las emisiones, requiere la participación de todos los Californianos.Los contenedores verdes se recogerán en su día normal de recolección de basura. 


“Al reciclar estos materiales orgánicos, se convertirá en abono y resulta que si simplemente tiramos estas cosas en el vertedero, se están convirtiendo en gas metano”, dijo Stolzenthaler. 


Residents con preguntas deben llamar al 831-768-3133 o enviar un correo electrónico a food.scrap@cityofwatsonville.org.


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