Vallejo may soon join the ranks of fo...

Vallejo may soon join the ranks of food waste recycling

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Jan 13, 2013
Vallejo may soon join the ranks of food waste recycling

Just 25 years ago, Vallejo, like the rest of the state, was still getting used to the idea of recycling its bottles and newspapers -- with the help of a small per-item cash incentive.

Zoom forward to modern day. Food waste pickup and composting are part of a recycling fad still not quite mainstream.

Soon, however, Vallejo may join the ranks of food waste recycling jurisdictions, as waste hauler and recycler Recology Vallejo works with the city to take a first baby step into the latest recycling frontier.

"There has been a request from the city of Vallejo to go in this direction -- to get food waste included in our programs," Recology General Manager Tom Phillips said in a recent interview. "It's one of the only programs left that we don't provide right now."

Vallejo need not look far for a role model. San Francisco, which had offered food scrap recycling for years, became the nation's first city to make food recycling mandatory in 2009. That city's service is operated by a sister Recology company, meaning Vallejo will not have to reinvent the wheel to offer the same (non-mandatory) program, Phillips said.

While the city and Recology have yet to begin working out details of a food waste program, generally residents and businesses would be asked to dispose of food waste in their green yard waste bins. There would be no more pickup or billing processes, only that customers would have to sort their food scraps from the rest of their garbage. The city would likely look to distribute educational information on food waste recycling, and possible recommendations on smaller in-house food containers.

A look back

Recycling has not had a simple integration into the California lifestyle. It was not until last year that recycling programs became mandatory for businesses producing large amounts of waste.

Phillips speculated that Vallejo would see only a gradual increase in green waste pickup at first. Without food recycling becoming mandatory, Phillips speculated that most customers will not bother, at least initially.

In 1989, municipalities were given a significant incentive to begin increasing recycling efforts -- the state gave each municipality until 2000 to cut its garbage output in half. In 1990, Vallejo was only recycling an estimated 4 percent of its trash output, compared to 2011, when it sent 64 percent of its trash to places besides the dump.

In 2007 the state changed its methodology to calculate pounds per person per day, a rate which the city more than reaches annually.

Then-Vallejo Garbage Service (now Recology Vallejo) operations manager Peter Friesen, a city Recycling Task Force member, estimated compostable materials made up 40 percent of the city's landfill waste in 1990.

Vallejo, CA

#2 Jan 13, 2013
How Recology wants US to do their job by seperating our garbage; I don't recycle and I'm NOT going to seperate ANYTHING; I already pay too much for their "service".

Vallejo, CA

#3 Apr 4, 2013
I can't wait until they implement the food scrap program into the green 'yard' bin.

As a home cook, I have a lot of vegetable clippings and other assorted organic material from my kitchen.

When I lived in a place with full recycling - I produced less than one 13-galloon waste bin per MONTH.

Waste collection is higher priced in Vallejo with fewer benefits - connect the dots from illegal dumping to the high price of the garbage bill.

Guys like Wanglow will be dragged in to the new world of efficient living or fined. yay.

“Here's a interesting thought..”

Since: May 12


#4 Apr 5, 2013
I saw Sammy trying to break into McDonalds dumpster pen a couple of times. I can see it now, Tubby Kurshan cruising the streets eating out of everyones food bins waiting to be picked up.
look whos talking

Vallejo, CA

#5 Apr 5, 2013
tony, you need to see a shrink about this obsession with sam. you are a sick man in many ways.

“Here's a interesting thought..”

Since: May 12


#6 Apr 5, 2013
look whos talking wrote:
tony, you need to see a shrink about this obsession with sam. you are a sick man in many ways.
there's my little fishie now. nom nom nom little fishie, lol
hey tony nom this

Vallejo, CA

#7 Apr 5, 2013
Casper the internet ghost wrote:
<quoted text>there's my little fishie now. nom nom nom little fishie, lol
freaking rat! you're already on kurshan's stringer!

“Here's a interesting thought..”

Since: May 12


#8 Apr 5, 2013
You're like a tuna on da line lol

Stockton, CA

#9 Apr 5, 2013
Looking forward to info from Recology of what "food scraps" vs. "table scraps" really means.

All my veggie scraps/peelings are going into my green container now, however plate scraps do not.
Am I understanding correctly that organic matter such as meat/bones/cheese/turned to stone bread etc. that are a byproduct of cooking/leftovers/spoiled/buyi ng too much should also go into the green monster?

How are we going to deal with people who will leave their can lids open (over stuffed!) and the content becoming a flying insect breeding and (smelling) source during the warm season as well as a possible fatal attraction to our city's wild life?

Ah, I can feel and smell it now......
Just think how much money we can save by not having to travel to third world countries anymore to get that native smell experience. So quaint....

Taking that local morning walk on Monday's will have a whole other purpose, sniffing what has been consumed by my neighbors the prior week, priceless!

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