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See the article by Will Bakx of Sonoma Compost under Articles/Plastics

Bioplastics Update

  • Our Sonoma County Recycling Guide has listed bioplastics as “neither recyclable NOR compostable,” as they do not break all the way back down to life, but leave trace particles.
  • The bioplastics are often not clearly labeled and there is great inconsistency in the industry and an overall lack of communication between key players, from manufacturers to the standards settings and end composting facilities.
  • They are fossil-fuel intensive in the growing of the organic material and in the shipping of them as well.
  • They are shipped great distances, from field to manufacturer to distributor to end user, to be used for a very short time, a fork for perhaps five minutes.
  • It is also the case that when bioplastics go to a landfill rather than to a compost facility, they generate MORE greenhouse gases than their petroleum-counterparts.  In breaking down much more quickly, part of that breaking down is methane gas.  So if the bioplastics do not go to a formal compost facility, they may be contribute more to climate change in the immediate than their conventional alternatives.
  • The corn could have been used as feed stock rather than as a fork, and much of it is now genetically modified.  We share this so you can make your best decision, fully informed.

    At Sonoma County events, we use:
    Reusable wares whenever possible
    Tree-free or recycled content paper products
    Recyclable plastic products  - in the triangle on the container, look for #2, 4 or 5
    Never polystyrene
    Only compostable plastics if your eco-conscience cannot abide petroleum-based plastics.  These products go to the landfill and create more methane gas than their counterparts that will be recycled, increasingly in the US.

    That said, they are STILL accepted at other compost facilities around the Bay Area. Much research and development is being done.
 

While it is true that at home and at the office, we toss out much too much in the way of organics, at public events, unless systems are put into place to avoid this, it is a given that ALL organic material will end up in the landfill. It is not convenient yet to have it sent to hog farms and it is typically too voluminous to go to a backyard compost operation, but in many parts of California, having it hauled to a permitted compost facility is relatively easy.

And it often reduces tipping fees, as the hauling of organics can cost less than landfilling in many municipalities!  Composting at public events provides another valuable service in educating attendees and all participants about the intrinsic value of organic material as a valuable resource. We teach about soil making, remind people that what was once alive can be so again in short order and it is vital that we concentrate on soil making in this time of increasing soil erosion and ruin.

This from CalRecycle - visit this site for lots more on composting!

Food Scrap Management

Californians throw away more than 5 million tons of food scraps each year. That’s 16 percent of all disposed materials going into landfills from businesses, residents, and institutions such as schools and prisons. Although green material collection programs have been implemented in many cities and counties, management of food scraps provides additional opportunities to help meet the State’s diversion goals as well as provide greater uses for this resource. A suggested order for food scrap management is to (1) prevent food waste, (2) feed people, (3) convert to animal feed and/or rendering, and (4) compost.

 

 

 

 

Permitted Food Scrap Compost Facilities in California

The following facilities are permitted or allowed to accept plate scrapings, also referred to as postconsumer food scraps. To find compost facilities that can accept agricultural residues, please check the Compost and Mulch Sources List. Green Mary added Sonoma Compost to the list, defininitely permitted, definitely organic.

Kern County

Community Recycling & Resource Recovery
1261 N. Wheeler Ridge Rd.
Lamont, CA 93241
Phone: (805) 845-4056

San Joaquin Composting
12421 Holloway Road,
Lost Hills, CA 93249
Phone: (800) 746-8404
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Website: www.mccarthyfarms.com

Kings County

Kochergan Farms Composting
33915 Avenal Cutoff Rd.
Avenal, CA 93204
Phone: (559) 498-0900
Fax: (559) 498-8383

Riverside County

California BioMass Inc.
83-109 Ave. 62
Thermal, CA 92274
Phone: (909) 875-6441
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San Bernardino County

California BioMass Inc.
200222 Shay Rd.
Victorville, CA 92392  
Phone: (909) 875-6445
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San Diego County

Miramar Greenery
5180 Convoy Street  
San Diego, CA 92111   
Phone: (858) 492-5077

Santa Clara County

BFI Organics: Newby Island Facility
1601 Dixon Landing Road
Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: (408) 945-2802
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South Valley Organics Composting Facility
3675 Pacheco Pass Rd.
Gilroy, CA 95020
Website: www.southvalleyorganics.com

Z-Best Products
980 SR-25 (Hwy. 25 and Bolsa Road)
Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: (408) 846-1573
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Website: z-best.com

Solano County

Jepson Prairie Composting Facility
6426 Hay Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
Phone: (707) 678-4718
Website: www.norcalwaste.com

 

Sonoma Compost

550 Mecham Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

Phone: 707.664.9113

Website: www.sonomacompost.com

Stanislaus County

City of Modesto Co-Compost Project
7001 Jennings Road
Modesto, CA 95358
Phone: (209) 577-5494

Gilton Resource Recovery
800 South McClure Rod
Modesto, CA 95357
Phone: (209) 527-3781
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Website: www.gilton.com

Grover Landscape Services, Inc.
2825 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto, CA 95356
Phone: (209) 545-4401
(800) 585-4401