What happens if I don’t participate in the program?

According to State law, SB 1383, and Section 6.500 of the City’s municipal code, food waste in the trash container is considered contamination and it is not allowed. The City is required to inspect containers for contamination via route reviews and waste audits. These will be conducted on a regular basis by E.J. Harrison and Sons and, on occasion, by the CityIf contamination is found, the City and E.J. Harrison & Sons will educate customers as needed. Starting in 2024, the City is required to issue notice of violations if contamination is found. If issues of contamination are not resolved, the City is also required to issue fines in accordance with Section 18997 of Senate Bill 1383 regulations and Section 6.500.5110 of the City’s municipal code. Educating the public on proper use of the containers and participation of the program is our highest priority. 

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1. What laws require food waste recycling?
2. What is food waste?
3. What is organic waste?
4. How do I separate my food waste?
5. Can I place my food waste directly in my yard waste container without bagging it?
6. Why do we need to bag food waste?
7. Do the bags have to be made of plastic?
8. What happens to the bag of food waste after it's collected?
9. Can I add compostable materials, like compostable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, to my yard waste bin?
10. Will separating food waste cause odor or pests?
11. Do I have to participate if I already have a backyard compost bin at home?
12. How does this program prevent methane emissions?
13. Can I put my new kitchen pail on the curb?
14. What happens if I don’t participate in the program?