Organics in other Cities

While the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) was the first agency in Southern California to provide a residential Organics Recycling Program, other cities have since entered into agreements with CR&R to provide organics recycling services. In Orange County, the cities of Midway City, San Clemente, and Stanton have implemented organics recycling.

City of San José:

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San José is committed to diversion of waste from landfill through highest and best use principles, including reuse and recycling.The City has implemented several aggressive recycling programs over the past 20 years and diverts a significant amount of material such as paper, metals, beverage containers, and yard trimmings. However, the remaining disposed waste consists of material that is harder to collect, process, which necessitates evaluating innovative technical solutions for processing.
Based on criteria outlined in the Zero Waste Strategic Plan, analysis concludes that anaerobic digestion and potential wood waste gasification are the only viable commercial-scale conversion technologies appropriate for San José at this time. Traditional waste-to-energy facilities, whether using moving grates or fluidized bed combustion, are not considered viable at a large scale in San José at this time due to the difficulty of meeting local air pollution control requirements and the challenge of achieving stakeholder approval.

City of San Francisco:
After two and a half years of pilot programs, the City and County of San Francisco and one of its permitted haulers, Sunset Scavenger  Company, established the new Fantastic Three program. This innovative residential curbside collection program includes separate collection and composting of mixed organic materials (all food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings). The program makes San Francisco the first large U.S. city to initiate a large-scale curbside collection program for food discards. san francisco
The impetus for the program was due in part to a 1996 waste characterization study that indicated residents were throwing away 200,000 tons of garbage every year. Thirty percent of this was food. San Francisco residents generally have smaller yards than most locations in California, so food discards are a larger percentage of their overall residential waste. The city determined that capturing residential food discards, along with yard trimmings, could be key to meeting the State’s 50 percent diversion goal.

City of Portland, Oregon:
portlandThe city of Portland has a goal to reduce waste and to raise the recycling rate to 75 percent by 2015. Residents of Portland can help reach these goals by finding resources and staying informed to make the best choices at work and at home.
For more information, please visit their website at .

Monterey Regional Waste Management District
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District  offers a regional program that diverts food and other compostable organic “waste” from landfill disposal. The MRWMD program has the added benefit of turning organics into two resources: energy and compost.
Food scraps and certified compostable food ware are picked up by local montereyhaulers, inspected for contamination at MRWMD, mixed with mulch and loaded into an anaerobic digestion unit. Inside, biogas (methane) is released and used as fuel to produce electricity.
After 21 days, the organic “digestate” is removed and finishes composting for the next 60-90 days in nearby windrows. It is then screened to remove any remaining contaminants and sold to agricultural users such as local vineyards.

To learn more about the program, please visit their website: