Food scraps and spoiled food including meat, bones, dairy, bread, fruits, vegetables, peels, pits, apple cores, corn cobs, and coffee grounds
Soiled paper including paper towels, napkins, paper cups, paper egg cartons, pizza boxes, and coffee filters
Why is organic waste collection required?
Senate Bill (SB) 1383, California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction law, established methane reduction targets as part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from short-lived climate pollutants such as organic waste.
Organic waste significantly contributes to California's methane emissions and makes up much of the waste we send to landfills. SB 1383 requires a 75% reduction in the amount of organic waste sent to landfills by 2025. Further, SB 1383 requires 20% of edible food, that would otherwise be disposed of, be recovered for human consumption by 2025.
To meet these goals, SB 1383 requires that organic waste be collected separately from trash for all residential and commercial customers.
Organic Waste Collection
All households are required to separate organic waste from trash and recyclable materials by placing it in the green cart along with yard trimmings.
Westlake Village households can put their organic waste in plastic bags. The bags may be biodegradable or regular plastic. (Please note that other communities may not allow plastic bags.)