An important part of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) mission is to increase the diversion of organic materials from landfill disposal for beneficial uses such as compost and energy production. According to CalRecycle, there currently is an estimated 35 million tons of waste are disposed in California’s landfills annually, of which 32 percent is compostable organic materials such as food waste, green waste, wood waste.
Kern County provides green waste and wood waste recycling programs for residents and businesses at most disposal sites and at the Mt. Vernon Greenwaste Facility in Bakersfield. In addition, residents in Arvin, Metro-Bakersfield (City and County), Delano, McFarland, and Wasco have a curbside green waste recycling program as part of their regular trash service.
CalRecycle is drafting new legislation to establish Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling, targeting businesses that generate organic waste, in order to achieve the AB32 goals of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 2020.