November 25, 2022

City to host composting workshop – Pasadena Now

The city is hosting a composting workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the bandstand area of ​​Memorial Park.

Participants will receive a free composter.

Registration is limited to the first 12 people for each workshop.

Pasadena residents were required to bag their food waste and put it in the existing green waste container starting Jan. 1 as part of the city’s new mandatory food waste recycling program under California’s new green waste law. composting, SB 1383.

The city reminded residents of its new food waste recycling program in a letter and advised them not to put food waste directly into the green waste container “to prevent contamination of green waste and avoid costs. additional treatment”.

“Clear plastic bags are recommended but not required and are available at local retailers and online outlets.” said the letter. “Organic waste is mostly made up of food scraps and yard waste such as landscape waste, green waste, and pruning waste.”

The city has also released a revised list of organic waste that can be placed in residents’ green waste containers for collection:

• Grass clippings
• Sheets
• Weeds
• Cut
• Flowers
• Other garden waste
• Bagged food waste (i.e. food scraps including: fruit, bread, fish, meat, vegetables and dairy products)

The letter stated that the waste collection days would not change.

The city said residents should also consider composting their food scraps, if they haven’t already, to help reduce methane emissions. Compost bins are available for community members to As food waste accounts for approximately 17-18 percent of total landfill disposal, increasing food waste prevention, encouraging food salvage edible crops and expanding composting and digestion of organic waste in containers will help reduce methane emissions from organic waste. waste disposed of in California landfills.

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1383 in 2016 establishing methane emission reduction goals in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in various sectors of the the state economy. The act also set out plans to achieve a 50% reduction in statewide organic waste disposal from 2014 levels by 2020 and a 75% reduction by 2025.

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