If a resident currently has a green waste bin, should they place food waste in the bin?

No, you should not place food waste or food soiled paper products in your current green waste bin.  The city does not yet have food waste collection services.  If you have a curbside bin for yard waste recycling at home, please continue to only place yard waste inside.  This includes grass, leaves, branches, and other plant trimmings.  City of Arcata residents will receive more information in the coming months regarding compliance with SB 1383 and how to comply with the organics waste collection service that is expected to begin in 2024 or 2025.

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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…