Welcome to the City of Folsom Business & Multi-Family Organic Recycling Web page. The information below provides resources for recycling food waste and other organic materials.
Why is it Important to Reduce Organic Waste and Conserve our Natural Resources?
Getting food from the farm to your fork uses 50 percent of our land and 80 percent of the fresh water consumed in our country. Unfortunately, 40 percent of all food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten. This means that Americans are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion dollars each year!
The uneaten food ends up rotting in our landfills which results in methane gas emissions and other environmental issues. Committing just 15 percent of our nation's food waste to donation programs would be enough food to feed more than 25 million people every year!
What is California's Business and Multi-Family Organic Waste Recycling Law?
- California's Business and Multi-Family Organic Recycling Law (AB 1826), was adopted by the State to reduce the amount of organic waste going into our landfills, reduce Green House Gas Emissions (GHG) and to help meet the State-wide goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020.
- The law requires that certain businesses, government agencies and multi-family communities reduce, reuse, recycle or compost their organic waste through a specific program or service.
- Organic Waste includes food waste, non-treated wood waste and green waste (landscape debris). Multi-family communities are exempt from having to recycle or compost their food waste.
- The law will be phased-in over the next few years based on the amount of waste produced from each location. Businesses, government agencies and multi-family communities with five or more living units that generate specific amounts and types of waste shown in the table below must subscribe to an organic waste reduction, reuse, recycling or composting program/service by the specified compliance dates.
| Tier Level
||Organic Waste Diversion Implementation Schedule
| Tier I
||Businesses, government agencies and multi-family communities (five or more living units) that generate eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week
| Tier II
||Businesses, government agencies and multi-family communities (five or more living units) that generate four cubic yards or more of organic waste per week
| Tier III
||Businesses, government agencies and multi-family communities (five or more living units) that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week
What are the Options to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or Compost Organic Waste in Folsom?
- Reducing waste at it's source eliminates the need and costs involved in the collection, processing and disposal of organic waste. Grass cycling or replacing turf and non-native plant species with drought tolerant native species reduces the amount of plant biomass that would otherwise be created and handled. For more information, contact the City of Folsom's Water Conservation Division at 461-6174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learn how to reduce the amount of food waste at your business or home by efficiently purchasing and storing the appropriate amount of food items you need. For more information, visit the ConServe Program at conserve.restaurant.org/Best-Practices/Reducing-Food-Waste or savethefood.com/
- Donate non-perishable and non-expired food items to the Twin Lakes Food Bank which supports our community members in need. Call 916-985-6232 or email email@example.com for more information.
- Donate acceptable food items for the animals at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Contact the Friends of the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary at (916) 226-5445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what types of food items are acceptable. The Zoo also has a drop off bin for acceptable food items. The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford Street in Folsom.
- Arrange to have food waste collected at your business by contacting the following authorized food waste haulers: Atlas Disposal 916-455-2800, Imperial Western Products 559-891-2600 or Republic Services at 916-669-6862. Food waste is processed locally into energy, fertilizer and biofuel that's used by local municipal and private fleets.
- Rent a green or wood waste recycling dumpster by contacting the City of Folsom Solid Waste Division at 916-461-6730 or email@example.com.
- Self-haul or contract with a licensed landscape maintenance service to have landscape debris recycled from your business, multi-family community or government agency. Organic material must be taken to a permitted organic waste recycling facility.
- Learn about commercial on-site composting or mulching by contacting the City of Folsom Recycling Office at 916-461-6730. On-site composting requirements and best management practices
Albertson's grocery stores in San Diego has participated in the collection of food scraps for compost and food donations for disadvantaged communities since 2011. Edible food is donated to the Feeding America Food Bank, and inedible food is sent to a local composting facility. Fifteen Albertsons supermarkets participate in this program resulting in 58 tons of edible food donations and 37 tons of food scraps composted annually!
Hyatt Regency Hotel
The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento began a food and green waste collection program in 2011. The multi-story hotel has 503 guest rooms, four restaurants, and a main kitchen which serves almost 2,000 meals per day. In 2011, the hotel recycled more than 243 tons of food waste at a local Anaerobic Digestion Facility. At this facility, food waste is converted into electricity or renewable natural gas that's used to fuel the refuse trucks which collect the food waste.
U.C. Davis has multiple programs where it composts or recycles organic waste through the anaerobic digestion process. One of the programs, "Project Compost," collects food waste at many retail locations including coffee kiosks throughout the campus. The food waste is processed into nutrient-rich compost at the U.C. Davis Student Farm.