Organics Recycling FAQs

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• Will organic recycling raise my solid waste rates?
No. There is no initial rate increase proposed. The residential solid waste rate is currently $14.75 per month.

What will be the size of my organics cart?
Due to the weight of organics, 65-gallon carts will be the only size available.

Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?
No. Plastic bags are not compostable and are a contaminant. You risk turning an entire load of compostable material into garbage if you use plastic bags. You are not required to bag your organics, but if you choose to, bags labeled compostable should be used.

Can I use twist-ties to shut my compostable bags?
No. Please do not use twist ties because they are not compostable. 

How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?
You can compost more materials with organics recycling than in your backyard compost bin because large-scale commercial composting facilities maintain higher temperatures than backyard compost bins. These temperatures are needed to kill bacteria and break down items that cannot be composted in a backyard compost bin. These items include meat, bones, dairy products and compostable plastics. Backyard composting is still a great option for recycling fruit and vegetable scraps and yard waste into a soil amendment that you can use at home.

How often is my organics cart going to be picked up?
Your pickup will remain the same. Midway City Sanitary District picks up organics every week on your regular collection day.

If I don’t have much organic material, can I put my kitchen pail out for collection?
No. All organic material must be placed in the green organics 65-gallon cart for efficient collection.

Where can I get a food waste pail?
You may use any small bucket, ice cream pail, or container with a lid for collecting food waste. Look online or check with your favorite local store if you wish to purchase your own indoor collection bin. 

 Can I use my garbage disposal for organic waste?
Putting organic waste down the garbage disposal places extra processing burdens on wastewater treatment facilities. It takes energy and resources to process out solids including food waste at wastewater treatment plants. Organics recycling is a better option as finished compost and puts valuable nutrients back into the soil.

What happens to the organic material once it has been collected?
Organic waste collected in MCSD's service area is taken to CR&R's Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility in Perris, CA. The anaerobic digester is a state of the art technology that will convert green waste and food scraps into renewable natural gas.

Will my organics recycling container smell?
Organics won't smell any more than your regular garbage smells. Remember that with organics recycling, you're simply moving the organic materials from your garbage (black) cart into your organics (green) cart. Consider collecting your "wet" organics (food scraps) in a large container or pail. One option is to keep that container in your refrigerator or freezer until your trash pickup day. Dump the wet organics into a compostable bag and place the bag in your organics cart before collection.