Organics Recycling FAQs
Where can I pick up a kitchen pail?
As of January 2023, CMSD has free kitchen pails available for customers to pick up. Visit our Kitchen Pails webpage for more information and to reserve a kitchen pail today!
Can I be exempt from this program?
No, the District no longer offers exemptions from the Organics Recycling Program. In accordance with SB 1383, the State of California requires all residential properties to divert food waste and green waste from landfills.
Can I request an additional Organics Cart?
Yes, residents can request one (1) additional Organics Cart for a total of up to two (2) Organics Carts FREE of charge by calling CR&R Customer Service at (949) 646-4617 or placing a request online. Additional carts beyond the 2 included in standard service are available for an extra $9.00 per month per cart.
Can I replace a Mixed Waste Cart with an additional Organics Cart?
Yes, residents can replace one (1) Mixed Waste Cart with an Organics Cart FREE of charge by calling CR&R Customer Service at (949) 646-4617 or placing a request online.
How big is the Organics Cart?
The standard Organics Cart size is 64-gallons. A smaller 35-gallon cart is available upon request. To schedule a cart replacement, please call CR&R Customer Service at (949) 646-4617 or place a request online.
What can I place in my Organics Cart?
The following are accepted in the Organics Cart: grass, leaves, weeds, prunings, flowers, small branches, fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, bread, dairy, coffee grounds/filters/tea bags, cooking fats/oils/grease, food-soiled paper products (napkins, paper towels, greasy pizza box, etc.), and brown paper or compostable bags
Not accepted: palm fronds, bones from meat and fish, food wrappers and packaging, pet waste, wax or plastic-coated paper products (milk/juice cartons, fast food/to-go containers, etc.), compostable foodware (plates, cups, utensils, etc.), non-organic materials (plastic, glass, metals, Styrofoam, cardboard, etc.)
Can I put bones, pet waste, palm fronds, or plastic bags in the Organics Recycling Cart?
No. Bones, pet waste, palm fronds, and plastic bags are contaminants of organic waste and they hinder organic waste from being recycled into natural gas and compost. Please dispose of these materials in your Mixed Waste Cart..
How can I eliminate odor problems?
Residents can dispose of their organics in a compostable bag or line their kitchen pails with newspaper to help with odor problems. Baking soda can also be added to organic waste to help absorb odors. During hot summer months, food waste can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until collection day to avoid leaving organics in the heat.