Coming Soon, Organics Recycling!
Coming in 2021, EDCO’s New Organics Recycling Program will Collect Food Scraps and Yard Waste Mixed Together in Your Green Cart
Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes, and food waste and scraps from industrial and commercial operations.
Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO is constructing the first state-of-the-art, advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the needs of the region.
Anaerobic digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can make a significant contribution to the management of organic waste in California. Capturing and reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere is critical in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and future generations.
EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility
Since 1967, family owned and operated EDCO has had a long-standing commitment to reducing impacts on the environment through innovation. EDCO’s state-of-the-art AD Facility will begin serving customers in early 2021, assisting your community to be in full compliance with State Mandates and keeping us On the Road to Zero Waste.
AD is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials such as food waste, green waste, fats, oils and greases. Anaerobic digestion happens in closed spaces where there is no oxygen.
Recycling organics will be easy and convenient with EDCO’s commingled organics recycling program. Once EDCO’s AD Facility is complete, EDCO will expand source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service will allow customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. EDCO’s AD Facility will be a foundation for your community to achieve State mandates, including AB 1826, AB 1594, and SB 1383, which are directly related to organic recycling in the State of California.
EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Video
To learn more about EDCO’s new AD Facility and how it will significantly impact the future of organic waste, please watch our informative video and live webcam.
Why Recycle Food Waste?
Organic waste accounts for over 40% of the material in California’s waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as it would in nature or in a compost pile because it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere. Organic material (food scraps and yard waste) will soon be recycled when placed in green carts and then transported to EDCO’s AD Facility, once completed, where it will be converted into renewable natural gas and fertilizer.
What Will Go in the Green Cart
Below are just a few examples of what will be able to be placed in your green organics cart.
Fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, egg shells, prepared food
Napkins, tea bags, paper plates, coffee filters
Plants, leaves, branches, grass
What Can You do Now?
In the United States alone, a shocking 40% of food is uneaten, wasted and discarded. We as consumers are the largest producers of food waste, believe it or not, exceeding grocery stores and restaurants combined! So, the smallest changes add up and make a huge difference. San Diego Food System Alliance is leading an initiative across San Diego County to reduce food waste and increase food donation to people. By visiting their website, at sdfsa.org/savethefoodsd/, residents can find information on food recovery throughout the county, food donation guides, and resources.
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