Biocycle, a national composting magazine, recently released the result of their Residential Food Waste Collection in the U.S. survey.
They identified 198 communities with curbside collection of food scraps, representing 2.74 million households spread out over 19 states. This is about a 8% increase from the previous year. While that sounds great, to put it in perspective, only 2% of the US households have access to some form of food scrap collection.
Of the approximately 2.74 million U.S. households with some form of residential service, almost half (1.33 million households) are situated in California. Here are the jurisdictions in California that have some form of food waste collection:
- Alameda County
- Central Contra Costa
- Los Angeles
- Palo Alto & Santa Clara County
- San Mateo County
- San Francisco
CA will be seeing more commercial food waste collection thanks to the passage of AB 1826 (Chesbro), a CAW-sponsored bill.
Ending the landfilling of food waste and other organics through source reduction and composting will remain a priority at CAW - stay tune for our legislative updates.