Organics commercial recycling starts up this year

Last Updated: 6/17/2016

New this year is a requirement for commercial businesses, like restaurants, coffee shops, and other places that generate food waste, to source separate organic waste from regular trash.

Because of a new law that passed last year, the state now requires that solid waste providers implement an organics recycling program statewide over the course of several years based on the amount of waste businesses produce.
While this doesn’t affect residential customers directly, you might see these changes when visiting these businesses—for example, new signage, separated bins to recycle food waste, etc. This change is akin to the changes many of you experienced when we introduced residential green waste disposal in Roseville many years ago.

What this means in Roseville?
Roseville is ahead of the curve and will begin a commercial organics waste recycling program this summer, which will apply to about 90 businesses in the first year and grow overtime. To implement this new service, Environmental Utilities has developed a new rate structure and a comprehensive program that businesses can subscribe to, including weekly pick up service.

New requirement will reduce landfill waste
This law aims to keep organic waste out of landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting this waste from landfills. In fact, recyclable organic waste accounts for about 40 percent of the material Californians dispose in landfills annually. With this program, it will help the state meet its goal to recycle 75 percent of its waste by 2020.

Opportunities to create waste into renewable energy
We are working with the Western Placer Waste Management Authority on a local processing solution to recycle this food waste material.

One benefit of this new program includes the creation of energy using biosolids found in food waste. In the coming years, new infrastructure at one of our wastewater treatment facilities will allow us to process solid waste streams, like organic material found in food waste, into biogas to create energy or Compressed Natural Gas.