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In 2022, the City of Ventura will offer a Food Waste Recycling Program in support of new statewide requirements, known as Senate Bill (SB) 1383. SB 1383 aims to reduce the amount of organic material sent to the landfill and reduce emissions.
The program will be gradually rolled out citywide - first with single-family homeowners and then apartment residents.
Starting January 1, if you have a yard waste cart, place food waste in a tied bag and add it to the yard waste cart. If you don’t have a yard waste cart, place bagged food waste in the food waste container when provided by your property manager. All food waste, including meat, bones, fish, shells, dairy, bread, fruits, vegetables, peels, pits, cobs, and coffee grounds, must be placed in a bag, tied off, and added to the yard waste container. Apartment residents should place their bagged food waste in the food waste container, when provided by their property manager. Once at the recycling facility, food waste will be separated from yard waste and composted into soil products and renewable energy.
For more information about this program, including an FAQ with questions like "Why do I need to use a bag?", visit our Residential Services webpage.
Learn more about SB 1383 on CalRecycle's Webpage.