2017 Bat Kid Poster Contest

The 2017 Bat Kid Poster Contest is Here!

Why is it important to recycle food waste and green waste in Orange County?

Organic waste accounts for more than one third of the material in California’s waste stream. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the decomposition of organic material in landfills contribute to global climate change. Reducing the amount of organic material sent to landfills is an important goal of California. 

Collecting and processing organic materials, particularly food, in order to meet new mandates, will change how Californians manage waste within our homes. For more information about composting to help with your poster, click here.

What is food waste?
What is green waste?
What is mulch?
    Leftover food scraps, including:
  • fruits and vegetables,
  • meat, poultry &  seafood,
    including bones and shells
  • eggshells
  • cheese
  • rice, beans & pasta,
  • coffee grounds
  • compostable bags
  • lawn clippings
  • leaves
  • weeds
  • tree branches & leaves 
  • shrubs
  • garden trimmings
  • sawdust
  • wood chips
  • small wood scraps
  • palm fronds
Mulch is a layer of material applied on top of soil. Examples of material include:
  • wood chips
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • straw
  • cardboard
  • newspaper
  • rocks
  • even shredded tires