Organics Recycling & Composting

California adopted Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) which requires communities to reduce organic waste disposal, such as food waste, by 75% by 2025. To achieve this mandate, the City launched its Curbside Organics Recycling program in 2022. Food waste should no longer be going in the trash – residential refuse customers must include bagged food waste in their Yard Waste containers. Businesses and multi-family properties are also required to subscribe and participate in organics collection services. Contact your current franchise hauler for... continue reading »"Organics Recycling & Composting"

Curbside Organics Recycling

As of January 1, 2022, residential refuse customers are required to place food waste into their yard waste container to be recycled. Businesses and multi-family properties should contact their current hauler for guidance on organic recycling options. Please visit our SB 1383 Information and Resources page for up-to-date waste stream diversion levels. How does it work? Simply collect all your food scraps in a plastic (consider reusing zip-lock bags, bread bags, or produce bags!), tie it tightly, and put it... continue reading »"Curbside Organics Recycling"

Community Compost Hubs

Organic materials–including waste that can be readily prevented, recycled, or composted–account for a significant portion of California’s overall waste stream. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 17-18 percent of total landfill disposal. By participating in Pasadena’s Community Compost Hubs, you can help reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed of in California’s landfills, minimize the resources required to transport materials to processing facilities, and improve our parks and green spaces with soil-enriching compost. Get involved with your community and help... continue reading »"Community Compost Hubs"

Ordering Compost Bins

Download the composting slideshow above as a PDF Backyard composting allows you to turn your yard waste and food scraps into soil-enriching compost, right at home! What To Compost Kitchen waste (fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, etc.) Tea leaves and coffee grounds Lawn clippings (use thin layers so they don’t mat down) Chopped or broken leaves (large leaves take a long time to break down) Shredded branches Garden plants (disease-free plants) Shredded paper Weeds (before they go to seed)... continue reading »"Ordering Compost Bins"

Mulch Recycling

Mulch Giveaway Program Stop by Robinson or Victory Park to pick up FREE mulch for your landscape. Mulch is available for pickup from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. while supplies last. Please bring a shovel, containers, gloves and eye protection to collect the mulch. Robinson Park 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Victory Park 2575 Paloma St. This mulch comes from City trees that have been removed and recycled. Adding mulch to landscapes is an easy way to save water. Mulch... continue reading »"Mulch Recycling"

SB 1383 Information and Resources

SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Summary SB 1383 establishes methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California’s economy. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills are a significant source... continue reading »"SB 1383 Information and Resources"

SB 1383 Food Donation

One of the main goals of SB 1383 is to ensure that edible food is not wasted and is instead collected and redistributed to feed people in need. Edible food is defined as food that is intended for people to eat. Edible food includes, but is not limited to, prepared foods, packaged foods, and produce. All edible food must meet the food safety requirements of the California Retail Food Code. A commercial edible food generator (CEFG) is a food business... continue reading »"SB 1383 Food Donation"