Residential Food Scraps Collection Survey
Many residents have asked for a curbside collection program to divert food scraps from garbage carts. After conducting a pilot, the City is now considering a city-wide program for residents with curbside service (individual carts).
This survey is for residents with curbside garbage service (individual carts). Food scrap collection options for residents in large multi-family complexes (using shared metal dumpsters for garbage collection) are under separate consideration.
Before taking this survey, please read about the pilot results and proposed program at this link to the Recycling Resource newsletter (mailed to all households on August 11, 2016). The deadline to take the survey is September 2, 2016.
A copy of the survey was available to download as part of the data collection process.
A study of Mountain View waste found that 35 to 45 percent of the waste in residential garbage carts is organic and can be composted. Keeping food and paper out of landfills is one of the easiest ways to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions. Landfills are the number one source of human-caused methane.
Diverting food scraps from the garbage cart and sending them to a composting facility reduces methane emissions, gives these valuable resources a second life as soil amendment, and extends the life of our existing landfills.
HOW THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WOULD WORK
From Kitchen to Yard Trimmings Cart
- Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper during meal preparation and after meals
- Place the food and food-soiled paper into the yard trimmings cart-- bags not required. (Residents without yard trimmings would be provided a small cart for food scraps.)
- Set the yard trimmings cart at the curb every week for collection.
- Place remaining garbage, diapers and pet waste into the garbage cart and set out at curb every other week for collection.
WHY CHANGE THE COLLECTION SCHEDULE?
Swapping the current garbage and yard trimmings collection schedules eliminates the need to add drivers and trucks (at additional cost) to accommodate weekly collection of the yard trimming carts. Also, by placing food scraps in the yard trimmings cart (and collecting it weekly), the garbage cart would be less full and could be collected less often. The results of the pilot clearly indicate that when the garbage collection frequency is lengthened to every other week, more households place more food scraps in the yard trimmings cart, diverting 55% of waste versus only 24% when garbage carts are collected weekly.
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