Foods Not Allowed in Organic Bins for Sacramento County Residents


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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