Trash Haulers have been recycling only a small portion of yard waste and uneaten food

Contract negotiation

Facts come out amid contract negotiations – most private trash haulers are failing to meet their contractual requirement to recycle at least 50% of what they pick-up. These private haulers are contracted with the city of San Diego and handle 72% of the city’s trash and recycling. The poor record put the city in hot water with the State. The city fined the trash haulers for breach of contract.

I was glad when curbside recycling began years ago and thrilled when it was extended to food waste. I originally naively believed everything would be recycled and used as planned. I do not know the figures on EDCO for San Marcos, so my comments relate only to the city of San Diego.

What do we really know about what happens after the recyclables are collected from our curb? According to an article in the April 1, 2022 Union Tribune, far less is recycled than I knew (we knew?).
Please read this important article as it affects us all through climate changes due to methane created from waste, expansion of landfills, and breach of our understanding of what happens to our trash. I will research the figures for San Marcos’ EDCO services and at a later date report my findings.

READ “Dispute comes as hauler face massive changes under new law requiring recycling yard wast, uneaten food” by David Garrick

2 responses to “Trash Haulers have been recycling only a small portion of yard waste and uneaten food

  1. I wasn’t able to read the UT article due to the paywall. But I believe the organic recycling rate in North County may not be quite as bad.

    Several years ago EDCO built one of the first methane digesters in the region. Supposedly ALL the organic waste they collect from their green bins supposedly feeds these digesters. These huge digesters accelerate decomposition of the organic (yard and kitchen) waste which creates methane. This “organic methane” is then used to power the EDCO trash trucks.

    The organic methane burned in the EDCO trash trucks creates CO2. But, these CO2 emissions are from the organic waste and not fossil fuels from beneath the ground. Which means these CO2 emission can be re absorbed by plants on Earth and not create additional NEW CO2 in the atmosphere.

    Capturing the methane from the organic waste also decreases methane emissions which are a powerful short term greenhouse gas.

    https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2021/mar/24/cover-edco-get-san-diego-cut-food-waste-half/

    Who knew that filling up your green bin can power the trash trucks!

    • Absolutely agree Michael A. We are blessed in San Marcos to have EDCO using our waste to power their trucks. It is WIN-WIN situation. I hope more and more areas start using this model for a clearer San Diego County and a cleaner California and world.

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