What are some ways I can reduce my organic garbage?
  1. One way to reduce food waste is by cutting down on the amount of food you buy.   You can do this by meal prepping (planning the week’s meals), buying only the amount you need for one meal, using partially used vegetables and fruit first when making a meal (putting these in a clearly designated spot in your refrigerator in a clear container can help), repurpose leftover food such as vegetables and meat in sauces or soups.   Freeze any extra food for a later date, especially meat, cheese and tofu.  
  2. When evaluating your food waste, one viable solution is to consider donating extra food to food pantries, since this allows it to still be used and gives back to your community.
  3. Another strategy is to switch out disposable products for reusable ones.  Such as using cloth napkins or towels instead of paper.

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1. Why is the City of Arcata talking about organic waste, including food waste collection and composting?
2. What is Senate Bill 1383?
3. When will this law go into place?
4. When will curbside organics recycling collection service be required?
5. Am I required to compost?
6. How will this law help the environment?
7. What are some ways I can reduce my organic garbage?
8. Will my garbage and recycling service fee from Recology increase?
9. How can I learn more about potentially increasing fees?
10. What if my business/residence does not generate organic waste?
11. If I backyard compost or I use a community compost service, can I opt out of curbside organic service when it is available?
12. If a resident currently has a green waste bin, should they place food waste in the bin?
13. Can businesses or residents provide their own curbside containers for organics collection at a discounted cost?
14. What do food-soiled/paper-based items include?
15. Where can I find out what belongs in my current garbage, recycling or green waste bins?
16. I have more questions about Senate Bill 1383 and organics waste collection…