Do I have to recycle my food waste now that EDCO has announced its new Organic Recycling Program?

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.

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1. What is the plan for addressing sewage coming from Mexico? – EPA has planned several projects to address cross-border sewage.
2. What is the status of funding for the EPA’s plan? – $494 million committed, $130 million still needed.
3. Will the proposed projects result in more raw sewage being discharged to the Ocean? – No! EPA’s plan will improve the status quo.
4. Will EPA’s plan reduce sewage coming from the San Antonio de las Buenos treatment plant further south in Mexico? – Yes! By as much as 95%.
5. Was the Coronado Senior Association moved out of the John D. Spreckels Center to make room for the City’s Cultural Arts senior management analyst?
6. Since the Spreckels Center does not have the word “senior” anywhere on the facility, does the City have a true “senior center” that addresses the needs of those 50 and older?
7. Do I have to recycle my food waste now that EDCO has announced its new Organic Recycling Program?
8. Why does the City waste money watering the synthetic turf at the Lawn Bowling Green?
9. Does the City’s affordable housing provider San Diego Interfaith Housing treat tenants in an arbitrary, unpredictable, discriminatory fashion and evict people without cause?
10. Are the current asphalt repairs simply “make-work” and unnecessary?
11. Are there fresh water aquifers in Coronado that could be used for a supply of potable water?
12. Did the City of Newport Beach successfully challenge a state law, Senate Bill 2, that mandates a city's zoning codes accommodate emergency shelters and transitional housing?
13. Did the new traffic signal at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street cause a back-up of traffic east of the intersection on Wednesday, November 6?
14. Does refinancing the former redevelopment agency’s bonds and loans create more density in Coronado?
15. Does the City’s affordable housing provider San Diego Interfaith Housing treat tenants in an arbitrary, unpredictable, discriminatory fashion and evict people without cause?
16. How can the City leave the lights on at the Coronado Public Library overnight especially during the current heat wave and with potential rotating outages?
17. How does a City get selected to Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Best Beaches in America list?
18. Is it true that enterococci bacteria can be caused by decaying kelp and why doesn’t the City think the current advisory at Avenida del Sol is related to sewage impacts from the Tijuana River or Mexico
19. Is the City going to make changes at Coronado Cays Park?
20. Is the City not respecting its beautiful historic sidewalks?
21. Is the City trying to extend San Diego’s Lindbergh Field into Coronado?
22. Is the water quality being affected in South Beach and is Central Beach being tested for the Fourth of July?
23. Is there still time to have a say on the Coronado Cays Park Master Plan?
24. It has been reported in national news stories based on a local report that the City of Coronado’s beach was closed for several weeks. Is that true?
25. Questions have come up in the community about what uses are allowed in the City of Coronado’s R-1A residential zoning code. What are those uses?
26. The City has fire rings at North Beach that get very busy during the summer. What is the City’s fire ring policy? How does the City monitor behavior at the fire rings and is it enough?
27. What are the white cones along the Silver Strand State Highway?
28. Is the National Citizen Survey conducted by the National Research Center valid?
29. What is the current status of the Golf Course Water Recycling and Turf Care Facility project or the environmental review? How are the potential environmental impacts being addressed?
30. What role does the City have in the redevelopment of the Coramart building and has the City prevented its redevelopment?
31. What was the odor in Coronado on Easter Sunday?
32. Why are there two construction sites at Spreckels Park? And why is the site near Seventh only a concrete pad?
33. Why is the City ending its participation in the Rotary Santa program?
34. Why isn’t the City extending service to the Cays this year?
35. Why were two palms recently removed from the beach?
36. Why is the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp closed and when will it reopen?