As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is implementing a residential three-cart curbside collection program! This new system is customer friendly, increases diversion from landfills, promotes source separation and will meet State regulatory requirements.
On January 23, 2023, CMSD’s Board of Directors approved an amendment to the solid waste agreement with CR&R Incorporated, establishing the three-cart waste collection system. This recent amendment is one step among many in CMSD’s compliance with Senate Bill (SB) 1383, a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. Learn more about SB 1383.
This means there will be some changes in how customers sort their waste and in how CMSD’s waste hauler, CR&R, collects and processes organic and recyclable materials. Along with the black/dark green Mixed Waste and green Organics Carts customers already use, CR&R will deliver a Recycling Cart with a blue lid to every CMSD trash customer by fall 2024.
What does this mean for you?
CMSD is partnering with CR&R to provide safe and reliable curbside collection services for customers. Once the three-cart curbside collection program is debuted, you will simply sort recyclables in your new Recycling Cart with a blue lid. You will continue to dispose of organic waste in your existing Organics Cart with a green lid, while your existing Mixed Waste Cart will be used for landfill waste and relabeled as a Trash Cart with a black lid.
The new Recycling Cart will be designated for recyclables such as clean paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and tin cans, and plastic.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Clean paper
- Aluminum and tin cans
- Bread, rice, grains
- Coffee grounds, tea and coffee filters
- Fruits and vegetables
- Dairy products (cheese, eggs, milk, yogurt)
- Meat and seafood*
- Snack foods (chips, nuts, crackers, etc.)
- Cooking oil and grease
- Compostable and brown paper bags
- Food-soiled paper (e.g. used napkins and paper towels, greasy pizza box)
- Grass clippings
- Leaves and flowers
- Pruning and weeds**
**Palm fronds should be added to the Trash Cart rather than the Organics Cart.
- Broken glass/mirrors
- Pet waste and cat litter
- Flexible packaging (such as plastic bags, plastic film, drink pouches, etc.)
- Other landfilled materials
Recovered organic waste products can:
- Benefit local communities and spaces
- Improve soil and air quality
- Support local environmental initiatives, such as Climate Action Plans
- Renewable Energy (Transportation Fuel, Heat, and Electricity) from Anaerobic Digestion and Electricity from Biomass Conversion