Food Scrap Collection Program
Available for businesses in the City of Monterey
Monterey City Disposal Service and the City of Monterey would like to introduce you to the commercial Food Scrap Collection Program. The purpose of this program is to make it simple and convenient to participate in composting by adding food scrap collection to your existing commercial waste collection service. Much like with mixed recyclables, the food scrap collection program will allow you to add an additional container(s) for separating food scraps from other types of waste.
Our goal, in partnership with the Monterey Regional Waste Management District and the Offset Project, is to develop the program into a valuable service that reduces landfill disposal, increases city-wide recycling rates, and produces a valuable compostable material which generates electricity during the breakdown process (from captured methane).
Did you know that State law (AB 1826) and Monterey City Code (Chapter 14) require that businesses have an organics recycling program based on generated waste? The requirements are:
- On and after January 1, 2017, a business that generates four cubic yards (800 gallons) or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for recycling services specifically for organic waste.
- On and after January 1, 2019, a business that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste (all refuse/trash) per week, shall arrange for recycling services specifically for organic waste.