Organics Recycling

Organics – yard trimmings, food scraps, and food-soiled paper – account for nearly 40 percent of the materials in our landfill, according the US EPA. These materials can be composted to return vital nutrients to local soil and save precious landfill space.

In 2011, Davis Street constructed an $11 million LEED™ (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold transfer building to manage organics material. Nearly 800,000 pounds of organic materials will pass through the building each day on route to composting facilities.

Currently, a portion of residential organics is sent to our WM EarthCare composting facility at the Redwood Landfill in Novato. Its Homegrown Compost is listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for organic farming and carries the US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance. Watch the KQED video to see what happens after your organics leave the curb.

You play an important role in closing the loop on organics. It doesn’t stop at composting, but rather when you introduce soil-nourishing compost back in your garden. WM EarthCare Landscape Center located at Davis Street offers locally sourced and produced 100% recycled compost, mulch and soil blends for your yard. Click here to learn more about WM Earthcare.


Food Scraps and Yard Waste
What happens to my food scraps and yard trimmings?

Did You Know

Davis Street diverts nearly 296 million pounds of yard trimmings and food scraps for composting each year.

Recycling Tips

A simple way to collect food scraps is to store them in a cardboard (compostable) ice cream or milk container in your refrigerator or freezer.