Why now?

chopped veggies

In 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826, which requires businesses and other facilities, such as schools, that generate more than two dumpsters of food waste per week to recycle it. The law went into effect on April 1, 2016. On January 1st 2017, businesses and facilities generating only ONE dumpster of organic waste per week will also have to keep this waste out of the landfill. For schools in the CVUSD, this law must now be made a reality.

Decomposing organic waste, which includes wasted food, in landfills is a major contributor to climate change in California. Therefore, reducing the amount of food sent to landfills and increasing the production of compost and mulch are part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) Scoping Plan of 2008. This plan sets a goal of 75 percent reduction in the amount of waste going to landfills by the year 2020. Reducing food waste is an important part in achieving this goal.