Do the bags have to be made of plastic?

Any bag of your choice is OK, including paper, plastic, and compostable plastic. After a successful first month of the program in Ventura and other customer cities, Harrison Industries observed that the bags are not easily subject to breaking and causing contamination in the yard waste materials so the program can move away from the plastic-bag-only requirement. When possible, the City and Harrison Industries will continue to adapt the program to produce the lowest environmental impact as more resources become available and as we observe the program for longer periods. 

It is still important to remember that any bag you choose must be properly secured. If you are using a plastic bag, please tie the bag before placing it into the appropriate container. If you are using a paper bag, please fold down the top a few times so that it is secure before placing it into the appropriate container. It’s also important that you do not place liquids in your bag so that the integrity of the bag is maintained as best as possible. Food waste naturally has some liquids, but please keep all other liquid forms out such as juice, broth, and oil. 

After separation, all bags will be disposed of at the landfill. 

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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?