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For Residents

What do these regulations mean for residents?

  1. Recycling and organics collection. Residents will be required to either have a two cart or three cart recycling and organic waste collection service.
  2. Sort recyclables and organic waste. Recyclables and organics may not be disposed of in the trash and must be sorted out for recycling and/or composting.
  3. Contamination monitoring. Under the SB 1383 regulations, the County is required to monitor all collection routes for contamination in order to make sure that wastes is sorted properly. This means that you may see County representatives looking inside your trash, recycling, and/or organics carts when they are set out on the street for collection. If waste is not sorted correctly, a reminder tag may be left on the cart with information on sorting wastes appropriately. Nothing will be removed from your carts during these inspections. If you have concerns about sensitive items in your trash or recycling carts, please consider additional steps to keep information secure, including shredding paper and scratching out personal information, etc.

*Please note: If you live in a low-populated area (please refer to the map), you don’t need to subscribe to curbside organics recycling service and you can use your own cart, and you’re allowed to self-haul to a facility that recovers source-separated organic waste.