Residential Trash, Recycling, and Organics
Three-Bin Trash System
Green bin: clean, recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, aluminum, and glass - make sure they are empty and dry, no need to bag recyclables
Brown bin: yard waste and plant materials - SB1383 will require residents to also discard food waste into this bin, more updates will be provided when this service goes into effect
Black bin: all other regular waste materials - no Household Hazardous Waste (batteries, e-waste, wet paint, chemicals, etc.)
Process of collecting and processing materials to create new products.
Materials that can be recycled: Plastic bottles and containers; Glass bottles and containers; Cardboard boxes; Aluminum beverage cans; Household containers; Paper; Cans and containers
Any material that is biodegradable coming from an animal or plant.
*For now, place your food waste in your BLACK bin. In the future, you will put food waste in your BROWN bin with your yard waste, but more information on that will come at a later date. In the meantime, you can compost on your own.
Materials that can be composted: Food Materials; Napkins; Tissues; Yard Waste; Tea Bags
Hazardous materials: batteries; fluorescent light bulbs; industrial solvents; paint; pesticides; and herbicides
You can dispose of your unused hazardous waste at one of the four Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities. For more information, visit Hazardous Waste
SB 1383 was implemented in efforts to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy by reducing organic waste disposal from 2014 to 2025 by 75%.
Eventually, food waste/scraps will be combined with the yard waste in your brown bin as a way of diverting food waste from the landfill.