Residential Services

Organic Recycling

EDI’s New Organics Recycling Program Collects Food Scraps and Yard Waste Mixed Together in Your Green Cart

New Organics Recycling Program Brochure

Folleto del Nuevo Programa de Reciclaje de Productos Orgánicos

Organic Waste

Food scraps

Organic waste is a renewable natural resource. It mainly comes from yard and kitchen waste from homes, and food waste and scraps from industrial and commercial operations.

Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDI constructed the first state-of-the-art, advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in San Diego County, capable of producing renewable natural gas that will serve the needs of the region.

Anaerobic digestion is an efficient and environmentally sustainable technology that can make a significant contribution to the management of organic waste in California. Capturing and reducing the amount of methane released into the atmosphere is critical in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and future generations.

EDI’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility

Since 1967, family-owned and operated EDI has had a long-standing commitment to reducing impacts on the environment through innovation. EDI’s state-of-the-art AD Facility will assist the community to be in full compliance with State Mandates and keeping us On the Road to Zero Waste.

EDI's Anaerobic Digestion Facility

AD is the natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials such as food waste, green waste, fats, oils, and greases. Anaerobic digestion happens in closed spaces where there is no oxygen and converts organic material into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and fertilizer.

Recycling organics is easy and convenient with EDI’s commingled organics recycling program. EDI’s AD Facility expands the source-separated green waste collection to include the recycling of food waste. The service allows customers to place food scraps in the same container as green waste. EDI’s AD Facility is a foundation for your community to achieve State mandates, including AB 1826, AB 1594, and SB 1383, which are directly related to organics recycling in the State of California.

EDI’s Anaerobic Digestion Video

To learn more about EDI’s new AD Facility and how it will significantly impact the future of organic waste, please watch our informative videos.

Why Recycle Food Waste?

Diagram of food waste recycling process

Organic waste accounts for over 40% of the material in California’s waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as it would in nature or in a compost pile because it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere. Organic material (food scraps and yard waste) is now recycled when placed in green carts and then transported to EDI’s AD Facility where it will be converted into renewable natural gas and fertilizer.

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What Will Go in the Green Cart?

Below are just a few examples of what will be able to be placed in your green organics cart.

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Food Scraps

Fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, egg shells, prepared food

Food scraps

Food-Soiled Paper

Napkins, tea bags, paper plates, coffee filters

Pieces of food-soiled paper

Yard Waste

Plants, leaves, branches, grass

Yard waste

Papaya and orange fruit scraps

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Request a Kitchen Caddie

Residents can request a Kitchen Caddie for convenient transfer of food scraps from the kitchen to organics cart or compost pile.Kitchen Caddie

Request a Kitchen Caddie

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