ABOUT TRANSFORMATION OF TRASH, LIFESTYLES AND COMMUNITIES
This is a momentous time for California’s waste and recycling industry. AB 32, AB 1826 and SB 1383 are forcing governments and businesses to take serious action on matters related to recycling, composting, and climate change.
Food2Soil and other community composters look at solid waste as a resource that has intrinsic social, economic, and environmental value. We have innovative ideas to recover this value and we execute our ideas in ways that build community wealth - making our neighborhoods healthier, local economies more resilient and our city’s infrastructure less dependant on capital intensive solutions. But local governments continue to prioritize their relationships with haulers over climate and community, pushing community composters out with full force.
A DROPOFF HUB IN EVERY ZIPCODE
The map below shows the sparse number of dropoff hubs in San Diego county even though most of us in the county do not have access to composting services. Extrapolate this across California and one quickly realizes that this problem is systemic. Even the cities that are now rolling out curbside composting services are only doing so for single-family homes and large businesses, leaving it unclear as to if and when residents of multi-family dwellings and small businesses will receive composting services.
Dropoff hubs do not compete with franchise agreements. Instead they complement a citizen's right to self haul their waste and recyclables.
Every local agency should include dropoff hubs as part of its SB1383 compliance plan.
However, most cities are skipping this step entirely either stating that they have zero capacity for community composting or fully relying on their franchised hauler to do their SB 1383 capacity planning for them.
HOW YOU CAN ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE
Let's make sure that our local governments are not choosing their relationships with haulers over our climate and our communities. You can advocate for change by taking the following steps:
Go to Food2Soil’s policy page.
Please copy us at firstname.lastname@example.org on your email. Thankyou for contributing your voice in making community composting a reality for CaliFornia.
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Food2Soil Composting Collective was started in 2015 by Inika Small Earth, Inc as a community supported social enterprise. Inika Small Earth is a 501c(3) tax exempt corporation that works on fostering a circular economy that is enterprise-driven, people-powered and community-centered.