SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — As of July 1, Sacramento residents are required to use their green bins to separate organic waste from their trash.
The recycling program is part of a statewide effort to Senate Bill 1383 signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016.
By law, residents must separate organics from their trash and put food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste in the yard trash, which in most jurisdictions is in a trash can. green color.
Yard clippings include grass, leaves and prunings in the green waste bin. Food-soiled paper items include pizza boxes, used paper plates, and coffee filters.
According to Sacramento County website, Here are the items that will not be accepted in the garden bin:
- No coated paper, cartons, take-out containers
- No litter or pet litter
- no liquid
- No grease or oil
- No treated, painted, stained and oiled wood
- No recyclable materials: glass, metal and plastic
- No plastic: bags, utensils, styrofoam and packaging
- No compostable plastic cups or utensils
Here’s what keeping organics out of landfills is supposed to accomplish, according to the county:
- Reduces the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas
- Increases landfill capacity
- Turns organic matter into beneficial mulch and compost that makes soil nutrient-rich and water-retaining
What is SB 1383?
The bill Brown signed in September 2016 aims to reduce California’s methane emissions with a target reduction level of 50% by 2020 and a reduction level of 75% by 2025.
According to the city of Citrus Heights, California landfills are responsible for the third largest source of methane.
Methane emissions from decaying organic waste in landfills are a source of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, city officials said.
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