Foodscraps in Action
How and Why
(Please note that the foodscraps composting program is currently only available to businesses, not single-family residential customers. We are rolling out foodscraps to a small number of multi-unit residential buildings in 2014. If you are interested, call us at 564-5631)
||Foodscraps are food and soiled paper sorted from your trash. These materials can be diverted from the landfill and turned into compost.
||Foodscraps are picked up by the City’s waste hauler, MarBorg, just like your recycling and trash.
|| Sorting out your foodscraps helps the environment in two ways:
- Diverts material from the landfill. When foodscraps are buried they do not only take up a lot of space, but also produce greenhouse gases as they break down.
- Foodscraps are turned into compost. Compost is a soil amendment used by local farmers and on public parks and school grounds.
||Foodscraps collection is half the cost of trash service. The more foodscraps you separate from your trash, the more you save!
Interested in joining the program?
- Make sure your blue recycling program is going strong.
- Schedule a preliminary meeting with a Recycling Specialist at City Trash and Recycling to discuss program and service changes. Contact Us.
- Schedule training with a Recycling Specialist to educate your staff in foodscraps sorting.
- Set up colored bins in the kitchen. It is important to keep blue and yellow bins clearly marked and permanently placed. This will make sorting easy for your staff.
Details on the Foodscraps Program
Where do we send our foodscraps?
Our foodscraps go from the local Transfer Station (aka "the dump") to Engel and Gray, a commercial composting facility in Santa Maria. They spend several weeks in windrows, heated to 131 degrees, to produce a high-quality soil amendment. That compost is available for private purchase (at Agri-Chip), and is also used at Santa Barbara parks and schools.
Bin Sizes & Frequencies
Outdoor foodscraps containers are available in the following sizes:
- Carts: 35 gal, 65 gal
- Dumpsters: 1.5 & 2 cubic yards
We also offer indoor bins at cost for the convenience of our customers.
What Can I Put in the Yellow Foodscraps Bin?
- Food Scraps
- Bread, grains and pasta
- Coffee grounds with paper filter
- Eggshells and eggs
- Fruit (pits and shells too)
- Leftovers and spoiled food
- Meat (including bones)
- Seafood (including shellfish)
- Tea and tea bags
- Food Soiled Paper
- Coffee filters
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Paper cups and plates
- Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
- Paper take-out boxes and containers
(metal handle OK)
- Parchment Paper
- Plastic labeled "compostable"
- Natural cork
Aluminum Foil and TraysPlease rinse and recycle these.
- Aluminum Foil and Trays
Please rinse and recycle these.
- "Biodegradable" plastic (not labeled "Compostable")
'Biodegradable' is not a certified standard for any method of disposal. Please reuse these materials or put them in the landfill.
- Cat litter or animal feces
- Ceramic dishware or glassware
- Clothing linens and rags
- Cooking oil
- Corks - plastic
Plastic corks can go in the blue bin to be recycled.
- Flower pots or trays
If these are plastic and relatively clean they can be recycled in the blue bin.
- Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
- Glass, metal or plastic not labeled "Compostable"
Please recycle these materials in the blue bin.
- Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner
- Liquids or ice
- Plastic bags, wrappers
- Recyclable/clean cardboard or paper
Please recycle these materials.
We are currently unable to recycle styrofoam. Although you might see a recycling symbol on it, and it is made of recyclable materials, it is made of so much air that there is currently not a viable market for this material.