Thousands of Californians were due to start scraping their plates in green bins for composting from this week. However, many jurisdictions were not ready to launch the trucks and green bins.
Food waste creates methane in landfills. Ian Monahan, I like a clean San Diego“It is the most toxic greenhouse gas,” the spokesperson said.
On Tuesday, EDCO trucks were seen roaming La Mesa picking up green bins. A City of La Mesa The spokeswoman said the city and its sanitation partner have been composting food waste since April 2021, months ahead of the January 1, 2022 deadline. Monahan said EDCO also collects organic waste in Lemon Grove, Escondido, Fallbrook, San Marcos and Ramona.
The city of San Diego said last month that its organic waste recycling program would be delayed until the summer of 2022. A spokesperson sent a statement to NBC 7 saying, “Due to the size of the city and the need to deliver green bins to more than 240,000 homes, implementation will not happen all at once. Instead, it will be done in phases. “
the City of Chula Vista and its sanitation partner Republic Services was ready to start collecting food waste in green bins this week. However, a labor strike delayed the delivery of green bins to thousands of customers and delayed the regular service of garbage and recyclables for thousands of households.
A Waste Management spokesperson said they have organic recycling services available to customers in parts of San Diego, Santee and Oceanside. She said some customers will need to register for organic pickings in their jurisdictions.
On Tuesday morning, Republic Services and Teamsters Local 542 met with a federal mediator. There had been no update as of Tuesday afternoon.