Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the City doing this?
A State of California mandate (Senate Bill 1383) requires all local jurisdictions
to reduce organic waste disposal, such as food scraps, by 75% by 2025. To achieve this mandate, the City and
your hauler, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc., have launched a food scraps recycling program for all residential
customers. The Pilot Program that launched earlier this year successfully collected over 1 ton of bagged food.
How and when do I participate?
Beginning July 1, 2022, your existing green waste barrel will also be used
to collect bagged food scraps. In order to prevent green waste contamination and avoid additional processing costs, please collect food scraps and bag them before placing them in the green waste barrel.
What type of bags can be used?
Durable 1-2 gallon bags. Clear plastic bags are recommended but not
required and are available at local retailers and online sales outlets. We also encourage residents to reuse
produce bags from the grocery store.
Will bags be supplied?
Unfortunately, no. The bags must be provided by the customer.
What type of food scraps can go in the plastic bag?
Cooked fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, bread, dairy,
and spoiled food. A list of acceptable items can be found on our website: riversideca.gov/publicworks/trash/
How often will you pick it up?
Food scraps that have been bagged and placed inside of your green
waste barrel will be collected by your hauler on your regular service day each week.
Is everyone participating?
Yes. All Riverside residents will be on this program
What’s the benefit of doing this?
Organic waste in landfills emits 20% of the state’s methane. Your participation in this effort will assist in reaching the State of California’s goal of reducing organic waste by 75% by
2025 and create a healthier environment.
I backyard compost, do I have to participate?
We encourage you to continue composting but all noncomposted food scraps items can be recycled through this program.
How do I reduce food scraps odors?
It is suggested that sprinkling baking soda in the food scraps
collection bag will reduce odors. You can also place your food scraps in the freezer until you have a full bag.
Do I have to use a plastic bag to separate my
food scraps from my green waste?
Yes. Currently, we are
not able to accept organic waste (green and food scraps) commingled in the same bin. However, after the
contents of your green waste bin get collected by your hauler, the plastic bags (with the food scraps) are separated from the green waste for processing. If possible, every effort should be made to use plastic that would
have otherwise been thrown away.
Where do the food scraps go?
Food scraps will be sent to an organics processing facility where it will be
composted or used as feedstock for the anaerobic digester. This process produces a bio-gas from organic
waste and becomes methane gas. This gas is used to produce energy to power the City of Riverside’s waste
water treatment plant.