California Leads the Way In Requiring Citizens to Recycle and Compost Their Garbage

Kitchen Food Waste
Kitchen Food Waste


More and more states are encouraging and even requiring citizens to start composting their organic waste in an effort to reduce the burden on landfills. The state of California seems to be the most progressive. In fact, San Francisco leads the country in recycling its waste. San Franciscans recycle approximately 72 of their waste, which is one of the highest in the country.

San Francisco issued a mandate in August that requires residents and businesses to separate their trash from potentially compostable materials as well as separating all recyclable materials. This new laws also carries fines for failure to comply. Citizens can be fined up to $100.00 per violation and businesses up to $500.00 per violation if they fail to properly separate recyclable and compostable material from their trash.

Citizens can also be fined if garbage collectors do not see them submitting at least a cubic yard of refuse for composting on a weekly basis.

This bold move by states such as California come at a time when our landfills are reaching capacity at an alarming rate. Over 2/3 of our garbage is compostable, which means it is time for us to do our part in learning to compost at home. We can easily compost our organic materials in our very own backyards.

It's Time to Compost!
It's Time to Compost!


There are many manufacturers that have started making very functional composters and compost bins that blend well with the landscape and help reduce odors and rodents as well as produce finished compost in as little as 3-4 weeks. These include compost bins, compost tumblers and worm composting bins. Prices range from approximatley $90.00 – $400.00 depending on the style of composter.

Finished Compost from a Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler
Finished Compost from a Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler


Isn’t it time we all did our part and started composting? Don’t throw it away, compost it! For more information on composting you may want to read “How to Compost.” Also, be sure and check out our Store for a great selection of composters, compost bins and compost tumblers.

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