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What is Organic Waste?

Welcome! We are 301 Organics, formerly known as Waste Less Living.

Organic waste is a huge contributor of greenhouse gas emissions when it is dumped in a landfill. Have you ever wondered just what is considered "organic" waste? You may not realize it, but these are all of the items that can be diverted from our landfills for a healthier environment and community.

As of April 1, 2016 California has implemented a new mandate requiring all businesses that generate organic waste to arrange for recycling services by January 1, 2017 or face the consequence of fines.

Surplus Food – Surplus food includes any food produced in a commercial kitchen that has not been served to customers. Many businesses and organizations falsely believe they cannot donate for fear of liability, however they are protected under the Good Samaritan Act as long as they have prepared the food to be donated in good faith and have kept it at proper temperatures.

Compostables – food, plants, fruits, vegetables, meat/poultry, dairy products, soiled paper, paperboard, paper packaging, paper bags, napkins, cotton textiles, cardboard, ASTM D6400 certified compostable products.

Recyclables – glass, clean paper, cardboard, plastic beverage bottles, metal cans, plastic containers (1-7).

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