A plan to roll out a new organic waste recycling program in San Diego is currently underway. The program is spurred by the introduction of Senate Bill 1383, which officially goes into effect this year. The law seeks to reduce the amount of organic waste that heads to landfills.
At a recent Bird Rock Community Council meeting, San Diego recycling specialist Polina Osipova said that an additional garbage bin would be provided to collect organic waste. Organic waste ranges from kitchen and food scraps to soiled paper, yard trimmings, or wood waste. The waste will be collected by city workers and turned into composting material.
Under Senate Bill 1383, all property types — including residential, commercial, and government — will be subject to the new regulations. However, the city has yet to announce a start date for organic waste collection at residences throughout San Diego.
Currently, only Tier 1 businesses, which includes grocery stores of 10,000 square feet or larger, must participate in the new program. “The changes that are coming from SB 1383 are a pretty big shift away from the way we already do things, which is why the timeline for when the program is being rolled out to city-serviced homes is still being determined,” Osipova said.
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