Organics Recycling & Composting

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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 guidance on organic recycling options.

Click here for more information about SB 1383 including current waste stream diversion levels.

All City of Pasadena refuse customers participate in our Food Waste Recycling Program, which will allow us to meet the state mandated 75% reduction in organic food waste by 2025. Whether or not you engage in additional composting methods, your participation in the curbside program allows you to recycle materials that are not suitable for small-scale composting: bones, meat, dairy, and fat.

For more information, visit our Curbside Organics Recycling page.

In Pasadena, apartments/multifamily residences and commercial businesses usually receive trash, recycling, and organics service from one of the City’s franchise haulers. Your property manager is responsible for working with your hauler to make sure you have the proper service. Residents must sort their waste properly, which means not putting organic material (food, paper, yard waste, etc.) in the trash.

If you don’t know if you have organics service, we recommend first contacting your property manager. You may also contact your hauler—their name and phone number should be printed on your trash bin.

Visit our Multi-Family and Apartment Recycling or Commercial Recycling webpages for more information.

Community compost hubs are located in various gardens and parks around the City and offer a local option to recycle some of your food waste.

Keep in mind, small-scale composting cannot handle all types of materials (bones, meat, dairy, and fat), so it is important to also use your curbside organics service to dispose of the rest of your food scraps.

Visit our Community Compost Hubs webpage for more information.

The City of Pasadena sells compost bins to residents at a discounted price. Visit our Ordering a Compost Bin webpage for more information.

Pasadena also hosts compost workshops throughout the year. The City provides free a compost bin (limit one per household) for attending a workshop.

Check our Upcoming Events page to find scheduled composting events.

For more on backyard composting visit www.smartgardening.com