As a resident of <CITY NAME>, I would like to have access to a composting service, like Food2Soil, which can compost my food scraps for me. Unfortunately, this is not possible until the City changes local policies and allows community scale composters to offer neighborhood dropoff programs to residents.
SB 1383 (Section 18984.9) requires that generators should not be prohibited from preventing or reducing waste generation, managing organic waste on site, or using a community composting site. Unfortunately our city's policies precluding neighborhood dropoff and community composting operators violates this requirement.
I would like to know the timeline for releasing <CITY NAME>'s SB 1383 capacity plan. Calrecycle requires that local agencies consult with their small and community scale composting operations to determine their processing capacity. Who are you consulting with and what steps are you taking to determine <CITY NAME>'s capacity for small and community scale composting? Lastly, I would like to have a neighborhood dropoff for foodscraps in my zipcode <YOUR ZIPCODE>. Why is this option not available right now and what policy changes need to be made in our city's franchise agreement and solid waste ordinance to provide this option?
There are so many benefits to composting. lt heals our soil so that it can retain water and grow more food. It also keeps food waste out of the landfill. Community scale composters create localized channels for the exchange of foodscraps between residents and growers thus keeping the intrinsic value of that resource within the local community. They transform that wasted resource into nutrient-rich soil and jobs, while reducing greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, not all of us are able or willing to compost for ourselves. So it makes perfect sense to be able to pay someone to do the composting for us.
You can learn more about the policy barriers inhibiting community composting by going to this webpage. Please consider allowing Food2Soil and other small scale composting businesses to offer pick up services and/or dropoff programs in our area.
Thank you for considering my comments on small scale composting solutions.