Free kitchen caddies are being offered to Coronado residents by EDCO as part of its Organic Recycling Program, which has been implemented to comply with a state mandate to reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. The caddies will hopefully encourage residents to begin recycling, however, they do not have to participate and may continue to dispose of their organic waste as they see fit. It should be noted that organic waste accounts for more than 40% of the material in California's waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as it would in nature or in a compost pile because it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere. Organic material, such as food scraps and yard waste, may now be recycled when placed in green carts and then transported to EDCO's new Anaerobic Digestion Facility, where it will be converted into renewable natural gas (RNG) and fertilizer. Construction of EDCO's Anaerobic Digestion facility is nearly complete, which means that starting Monday, March 1, Coronado residents may place food waste in their green trash bins for recycling. The EDCO Organic Recycling Program is voluntary for residents but is required for California businesses by state law. EDCO customers may place food scraps and food-soiled paper only along with yard waste in their green waste containers to be recycled. The anaerobic digestion facility breaks down microorganisms from food and yard waste and transforms it into natural gas that will be used to run EDCO vehicles. There is no reason to believe that organic food waste co-mingled with green yard waste will produce any more odor or attract any more rodents or vectors. Organic food waste caddies have been used by Coronado households for the past several months. Disposal of organic waste is simple and much more beneficial than disposing of via sink disposal. Any reusable container can be used as a kitchen caddie to collect organic waste, but EDCO also has the optional free kitchen caddie for household use. Visit EDCO Disposal website and click on the Residential Service's Organics page to learn more about the program and how to place a caddie order. Reducing contaminants in recycling will help meet the goals of Senate Bill 1383, which set a target of reducing organic waste by 50% by 2020, and 75% by 2025 to fight climate change and reduce methane emissions. The regulations require that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organics recycling to all residents and businesses. The City is working with EDCO to inform residents and businesses about the program and will soon launch an informational page on the City's Comment Coronado public engagement site. To read more about the anaerobic digestion process, view the EDCO Organic Recycling website. Watch an informational video on the Organic Recycling Program.