Organics Waste Recycling Program

Approved by the State in 2016, Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) requires jurisdictions to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses. SB 1383 is the most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years. SB 1383 requires a 75% reduction in organic waste disposal by 2025 in California. Reducing short-lived climate pollutants, which results from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills, will have a significant impact on climate change in the state.

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On May 24, 2021, the Alhambra City Council passed the City's Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance (Ordinance No. O2M21-4784), requiring all residential and commercial premises in the City to subscribe to the City's organic waste recycling program. The City of Alhambra and Republic Services entered a new waste management agreement in 2021 to reduce organic waste. Residents have been provided with new carts—blue for recycling, black for trash, and green for organic waste. Residents are required to sort their recyclables, organic waste, and trash into the appropriate containers.

More information can be found on our SB 1383 Webpage.

Organic Waste Recycling Educational Resources

The City of Alhambra has compiled educational resources to assist residents and businesses with the implementation of new organic waste recycling requirements. This will help ensure the City is in compliance with SB 1383. Non-compliance may result in enforcement actions taken by the City.

You can find more resources and information on Republic Services website and on our website. For additional information, please visit the CalRecycle webpage.

Republic Services has released videos explaining the process and importance of organics collection for commercial businesses and residents:

New Black Blue Green Trash Recycle and Organics Recycle Carts

Kitchen Pails

Republic Services distributed complimentary kitchen pails to all single family residences in November 2021. If you did not receive a pail or have any questions, please visit Republic Services' local office located at the Chamber of Commerce Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM or contact Republic Services at alhambra@republicservices.com.

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Commonly Asked Questions & Answers

Are bags accepted in the green, organics container?

Plastic bags, and any other plastic, are not accepted in the organics container. However, certified biodegradable bags and brown paper bags are allowed. You may consider using newspapers to wrap your organic waste as well.

How do I keep my green, organics containers clean and free of rodents?

  • Regularly wash your kitchen compost pail with soap and water and rinse your green organics cart.
  • Line the bottom of your kitchen pail and green organics cart with newspaper, cardboard, or

    paper towels to absorb moisture.

  • Freeze meat scraps in a reusable container and only put them into your green organics cart on collection day.

  • Lightly sprinkle baking soda into your kitchen pail and green organics cart to absorb odors.

  • Layer wet materials (food scraps) and dry materials (leaves, clippings, and branches) in your green organics cart to reduce chances of material sticking to your container.

  • Place wet materials (food scraps) into a paper bag or certified biodegradable bag before placing into your green organics cart.

  • Keep your cart lids tightly closed to prevent rodents.

Do I recycle or compost pizza boxes?

Clean paper and cardboard should be recycled and placed in your blue, recycling container. Food-soiled paper and cardboard is not recyclable but is compostable and should be placed in your green, organics container. If your pizza box has grease or other food residue, place it in your green, organics container.

Do I need to pay more for organics waste and recycling collection?

No. Services come at a bundled rate. Residential accounts receive one refuse, recycling, and organics/yard waste cart at a standard rate. Additional carts come at an extra charge. Visit Solid Waste & Recycling | Alhambra, CA (cityofalhambra.org) for all rates.

Organic Waste Dos and Don'ts

Organics Dos and Donts