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Please do not put food scraps in your yard waste bin until you receive a notice from us letting you know that you can start. This program will be rolled out to the city in phases starting in April. By July 2022 the whole city will be participating in the program. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.
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The State of California set a goal to reduce 75% of the organic waste (food scraps and yard waste) sent to the landfill by 2025. This goal will help us reduce the number of greenhouse gases emitted by food rotting in landfills. Instead, the food scraps will be transformed into compost.
No. This service is already included in your garbage bill. The cost of this service was factored into your utility bill during the last utility rate adjustment in 2021.
The green organics cart will be delivered throughout the city in phases starting in April 2022. By July 2022 the whole city will be participating in the program. Along with your new cart, you will receive a notice in the mail alerting you that your bin has been delivered and that you can start to place food and yard waste in the green organics cart.
Your outdoor cart will be picked-up once a week on your regularly scheduled service day.
Food Scraps and Yard Waste Including:
Organic waste is hauled to Monterey County and processed to produce nutrient-rich compost.
Please do not place any types of bags (paper, plastic, nor biodegradable) in the green organics bin.
Rinsing your outdoor green bin is optional. If you choose to do so, please do not empty dirty water down your driveway or sidewalk.
Leave liquids and raw meat out of green organics carts.
When possible, layer your food scraps with yard trimmings and keep a bucket of dry leaves, pine needles, straw, or wood shavings nearby to cover your food scraps.
Rinse your green cart with water when necessary and pour it onto your lawn — never onto the street or down a storm drain (they go directly to our sloughs!).
Sprinkle smelly containers with baking soda to neutralize odors.
To report broken or malfunctioning carts, please contact Customer Service at (831) 768-3133.
If you have additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Customer Service at (831) 768-3133.