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Organics Program

Salinas Valley Recycles is committed to meeting existing and forthcoming organics regulations. 

Our De-packager and Aerated Static Pile Compost Systems are up and running and actively creating rich compost for our local farms.


Salinas Valley Recycles Cares about HEALTHY SOIL.

If food from the farm doesn’t make to the table, we help feed it to the earth through our food and yard waste composting programs.

What does Organic Waste (Organics) mean?

Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and foodsoiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. 

Organic waste includes all matter that was once alive regardless of how it was grown – plants and animals.  Organically grown (without pesticides) and Conventional crops create organic waste that can be composted and returned to the soil. 

What does Divert mean?

Diversion means to use materials for a beneficial reuse instead of sending to the landfill.

Why Divert Organic Materials?

It’s the Law! Two primary regulations require that organics generated need to be diverted away from the landfill.

AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Mandatory Organics Recycling Businesses, including schools and public entities that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week (total for trash, recycling and organics), shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

SB1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

  • Requires the state to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025 (reduction by 20 million tons annually statewide).
  • The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20 percent by 2025.
  • Enforcement requirements for non-complaint generators.
What are the Benefits of Organics Recycling?
  • Reduce garbage
  • Increase organic waste diversion
  •  Comply with the laws: AB 1826 and SB 1383
  • Potential savings. Clean food waste, culls, yard waste, and packaged food has lower disposal fees than regular garbage fees.
  • Achieve sustainability goals of your business.
  • Reduce carbon emissions.
How do I get started with Organics Recycling?

Contact us for a FREE waste assessment to determine your service level
We’ll work with you and your hauler to determine the best programs to achieve your goals and keep you in compliance!

Arrange for food waste collection services at your business by contacting the following authorized food waste haulers:

Arrange for yard waste collection services for your business. Visit Collection Services to find the hauler in your area.
Self-haul or contract with a licensed landscape maintenance service to have yard waste debris recycled from your business, multifamily complex or government agency. Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, tree branches, etc.) must be taken to a permitted organic waste recycling facility.

Learn about on-site composting by contacting Salinas Valley Recycles at (831) 775-3000 or visit our home composting page for more info.

Why Recycle your Food Scraps?

In the U.S. 40% of the food produced is never eaten; the average American throws away 209 to 254 pounds of edible food each year!

Discarded food represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills which results in methane gas emissions and other environmental issues, costing the U.S. about $1 million to dispose of food waste per year.


For more links, videos, and resources regarding food waste check out Californians Against Waste.

Click below to watch our very own Salinas Valley featured on these PBS newshour segments.

Why does almost half of America’s food go to Waste? 

How California is fighting the problem of food waste