Commercial Services

Organic Recycling

Coming January 1, 2022, EDCO’s New Organics Recycling Program will Collect Food Scraps and Landscape Waste Mixed Together in a Green Organics Container

Commercial Organics Coming Soon Mailer

Folleto de Productos Orgánicos Comerciales que Viene Pronto

Bilingual Commercial Organics Guide

Organic Waste

Food scraps

Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes, food waste, and industrial and commercial operations scraps.

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO is constructing the first state-of-the-art, advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the region’s needs.

Anaerobic digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can significantly contribute to the management of organic waste in California. Capturing and reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere is critical in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and future generations.

EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility

Since 1967, family-owned and operated EDCO has had a long-standing commitment to reducing environmental impacts through innovation. EDCO’s state-of-the-art AD Facility began serving customers in early 2021, assisting your community in complying with State Mandates fully and keeping us On the Road to Zero Waste.

EDCO's Anaerobic Digestion Facility

EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility

AD is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials such as food waste, green waste, fats, oils, and greases. Anaerobic digestion happens in closed spaces where there is no oxygen.

Recycling organics is easy and convenient with EDCO’s commingled organics recycling program. EDCO will expand the source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service will allow customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. EDCO’s AD Facility will be a foundation for your community to achieve State mandates, including AB 1826, AB 1594, and SB 1383, which are directly related to organics recycling in the State of California.

EDCO’s Commercial Food Waste Recycling Video

To learn more about EDCO’s new Organics Recycling Program and how it will significantly impact the future of organic waste, please watch our informative video.

Why Recycle Food Waste?

Diagram of food waste recycling process

Organic waste accounts for over 40% of the material in California’s waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as in nature or a compost pile. Instead, it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere.

Organic material (food scraps and yard waste) will soon be recycled when placed in green carts and then transported to EDCO’s AD Facility, where it will be converted into renewable natural gas and fertilizer.

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What Will Go in the Green Cart

Below are just a few examples of what will be able to be placed in your green organics cart.

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Food Scraps

Fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, eggshells, prepared food

Food scraps

Food-Soiled Paper

Napkins, tea bags, paper plates, coffee filters

Pieces of food-soiled paper

Yard Waste

Plants, leaves, branches, grass

Yard waste

Papaya and orange fruit scraps

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What Can You do Now?

In the United States alone, a shocking 40% of food is uneaten, wasted, and discarded. We, as consumers, are the largest producers of food waste, believe it or not, exceeding grocery stores and restaurants combined! So, the smallest changes add up and make a huge difference. San Diego Food System Alliance is leading an initiative across San Diego County to reduce food waste and increase food donations to people. By visiting their website, at sdfsa.org/savethefoodsd/, residents can find information on food recovery throughout the county, food donation guides, and resources.

Questions?

North San Diego County Cities & North Unincorporated Areas

Margo Cobian,
(760) 744-5615 ext. 111

Vicki Betz,
(760) 744-5615 ext. 124

City of San Diego

Fabian Rodriguez,
(619) 287-5696 ext. 4230

Michael Lofts,
(619) 287-5696 ext. 4105

Fallbrook

Vicki Betz,
(760) 744-5615 ext. 124

Escondido County, Valley Center, Pauma Valley, and Pala

Dan Meyer,
(760) 745-0589 ext. 1817

National City, Coronado, Imperial Beach, and Otay Mesa

Marco Topete,
(619) 287-5696 ext. 4213

La Mesa and Lemon Grove

Maggie Eggers,
(619) 287-5696 ext. 4207

South and East Unincorporated Areas

Mark Billings,
(619) 287-5696 ext. 4203

Escondido

Dan Meyer,
(760) 745-0589 ext. 1817

Ramona

Patrick Osio,
(760) 239-3139 ext. 4408

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