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Organic Waste Recycling

SB 1383: California's short-lived climate pollutant reduction strategy
State law SB 1383 addresses climate pollutants by requiring single-family homes, multi-family complexes, and businesses to subscribe to and participate in organic waste (food and yard waste) collection service. The goal of an organic waste recycling program is to divert organic waste from the landfill to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts on climate change. Composted food scraps primarily emit carbon dioxide, whereas landfilled food scraps emit methane - a GHG that is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Landfilled organic waste accounts for 20% of California's methane emissions. 

SB 1383 and Monterey City Code (Chapter 14) require single-family homes, multi-family complexes and businesses to either:
  • Subscribe to and participate in organics curbside collection service
  • Self-haul organic waste in compliance with Monterey City Code, Section 14-6 requirements
    • If self-hauling, organic waste must be removed on a weekly basis and cannot create a health and safety nuisance. Violating these requirements will result in no longer being permitted to self-haul.
    • Self-haulers for businesses and multi-family properties with 5+ units are required to maintain records of the amount of organic waste delivered to each facility or activity that recovers it. Records are subject to inspection, and shall be provided at the frequency requested by the City.

As of January 1, 2022, residents can now add accepted food scraps to their green curbside cart. All unpackaged food scraps are accepted with the exception of raw meat, oil and liquids. To add organic waste recycling services, contact Monterey City Disposal at (831) 372-7977. SB-1383-FactSheet_English

Free 2-Gallon Household Food Scrap Collection Pails Available for Pickup!
  • Please pick yours up in the Planning Office at 570 Pacific Street
  • Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, closed for lunch 12-1pm
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The Commercial Food Scrap Collection Program is available to businesses in the City of Monterey. The purpose of this program is to make it simple and convenient to participate in composting by adding food scrap collection to your existing commercial waste collection service. Much like with mixed recyclables, the food scrap collection program will allow you to add an additional container(s) for separating food scraps from other types of waste. Food-Scraps

To add organic waste recycling services to your account, please contact Monterey City Disposal Service at (831) 372-7977.

AB 1826: Mandatory organic waste recycling
State law AB 1826 and Monterey City Code (Chapter 14) require that businesses have an organic waste recycling program based on how much waste is generated per week. The requirements are:
  • On and after January 1, 2017, a business that generates four cubic yards (800 gallons) or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • On and after January 1, 2019, a business that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste (trash, recycling and organics combined) per week, shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • On and after September 15, 2020, a business that generates two cubic yards (400 gallons) or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

Home composting
Home composting is an effective way to create mineral-rich soil naturally and without spending a cent. Finished compost is a wonderful soil amendment that improves the texture of the soil and adds important micro-nutrients. Compost retains nutrients from decaying material in a form that is easily absorbed by plants. Soil created by composting retains moisture at a much higher rate too. Leaves, grass clippings and food scraps are suitable for composting.

You know how wonderful a forest smells? That aroma of dense, healthy, thriving plants? That’s naturally occurring compost. Compost is rich, dark, great-smelling, crumbly and soil-like. You can start a compost pile with leaves and trimmings from your yard. Food scraps from your kitchen is an ideal addition to your compost pile. Meats, fish and poultry take a longer time to break down in your compost pile and attracts animals if not cared for properly. Include these only minimally.

Learn about green waste composting, food scrap composting, find out about upcoming workshops and get compost supplies at:

ReGen Monterey
14201 Del Monte Boulevard
Marina, CA 93933-1670
Phone: (831) 384-5313
Fax: (831) 384-3567

For information on the City of Monterey's implementation of SB 1383's edible food recovery requirements, see the Edible Food Recovery page.