Organic Waste Recycling is Here!
Commingled organics recycling launched in La Mesa on April 1, 2021! Single family homes can place food scraps (egg shells, bones, banana peels) and food soiled paper (napkins, pizza boxes, paper towels) along with landscape trimmings in their existing curbside green EDCO bin.
Single family homes can order a FREE kitchen caddie to collect their food waste in on the EDCO website here. Educational materials have been mailed to residents and is included in EDCO's Environmental Times newsletter. For more information on what goes where, visit EDCO's recycling guide.
As part of the City of La Mesa’s Climate Action Plan our community is working to divert 75% of our waste from the landfill through recycling, at home composting, donation, and eventually curbside commingled recycling. These efforts to reduce waste sent to the landfill will help La Mesa reduce emissions and benefit our environment.
Organic Waste Recycling at Multi-Family Apartments & Condos
As part of Senate Bill (SB) 1383, starting January 1, 2022, all single-family residential dwellings (less than five units), commercial businesses, and multi-family residential dwellings (five or more units) are required to subscribe to recycling and organics recycling service. To ensure your multi-family apartment or condo complex is compliant, contact your property management to coordinate organic waste recycling service with the City's waste hauler, EDCO. Check out the educational video links and bin signs below.
What is SB 1383?
What is Organic Waste?
What is Organics Recycling?
Three-Stream Signage for Businesses and Residents
The City developed three-stream signage for businesses and residents to post at waste receptacles to help staff, customers, and residents properly and conveniently sort waste into the conventional recycling, organics recycling, and landfill items.
Backyard Composting Information and Benefits
Composting is the controlled, natural decomposition of organic matter. Organisms break down organic materials into compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment that improves the health and efficiency of your garden ecosystem from the ground up.
Composting has many benefits for you and the environment:
- Soil: Benefits your yard and garden by improving soil health and fertility, which increases plants’ resilience to pests, disease, and other environmental stressors.
- Water: Helps soil hold more moisture, minimizing erosion, runoff and nutrient loss, and reducing the need for frequent watering.
- Recycle: Diverts valuable organic resources from becoming hazardous materials in the landfill, and encourages natural nutrient cycling.
- Money: Saves money by conserving water and replacing the need to purchase commercial fertilizers and soil amendments.
Composting can be practiced almost anywhere...in your backyard, at work or at school, even in an apartment! All you need to get started is a little bit of space, the basic ingredients, and an understanding of the process.
Get Started Today
If you’re new to composting, or an experienced gardener who just needs a refresher, check out upcoming Compost Workshops at the Solana Center. You can also explore their Compost it Yourself Guide for all of the tips to get started today.