Organics recycling Pilot Program Underway
The Trash Talk Committee is pleased to report that a small, six-month pilot program in Second Mutual is underway. Republic Services will supply the Mutual, starting in Canyonwood Court and Singingwood Court , with free roll-around green organics carts for recycling yard waste and food compostables. These green carts will be kept in the same enclosure with the grey landfill and blue recycling containers.
The green carts will primarily be for food scraps and food-soiled paper but also for garden and plant compost. Unlike a private home’s backyard compost, which isn’t for animal waste, Rossmoor residents can collect not only eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit scraps, but also bones, meat and dairy products. This is because the contents of the green bins are taken to Republic Services’ industrial facility in Richmond, which is able to process animal waste products.
After the six-month pilot period, if the program is going well, the program will roll out to more entries in Second Mutual. Residents will be given a two-gallon container pail to keep in the kitchen, for collecting food scraps.
The pilot program in Second Mutual will include between 300 and 350 residences.
Trash Talk committee meetings are on the 3rd Wed — Gateway MPR#3. Anyone who is interested in improving trash handling in Rossmoor, recycling, or landfill diversion is very welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Carol Weed at (510) 409-4055 or email her at carol4ofa@gmail