We’re happy that you’ve clicked on this page! Hopefully that means you’re interested in becoming a food scrap recycling participant. Although participation is simple once a plan is in place, getting started can feel overwhelming.
Joining the Organics to Energy program saves natural resources and potentially money for your business. Brand yourself as eco-friendly by requesting an Organics to Energy decal for your store or restaurant window that let your customers know you are a participant! Starting in 2016, composting is mandatory for some businesses under state law AB 1826. Check out the the Asilomar and Bernardus case studies to see how they benefited from joining the program.
How to Become an Organics to Energy Program Participant
1. Contact Your Hauler
Your hauler offers technical assistance to work directly with your business to make service recommendations, maximize your savings, and answer questions. Choose your area from the Get Started drop-down menu to find contact information for your local hauler, whether it is Green Waste Recovery, Monterey City Disposal, Republic Services, or Waste Management.
2. Set up Service
The outreach coordinator with your hauler may offer a free waste assessment to determine your service needs. They will set up a collection bin for food scraps based on the amount of organic waste you generate. They may also provide posters and train your employees about how to separate food scraps.
3. Collect Food Scraps
Gather food scraps and compostable service ware during food preparation or after meals. Place scraps in a plastic bin without a lining or in a compostable bag (certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute BPI). Empty the container into the larger cart or bin outside to get it serviced by your hauler.
Anaerobic digestion is a natural process with living microbes. Please feed it these items to keep the ecosystem healthy. If bags are used, they must be certified compostable by BPI.
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Post-consumer food scraps
- Egg Shells
- Bones (animals and fish)
- Coffee grounds
- Tea Bags
- BPI certified compostable serviceware
- BPI certified paper products (napkins, cups, plates)
- BPI certified compostable bags (ex: BioBags)
Items Not Accepted
These items are considered contamination. Please do not put them in the food waste bin to preserve the delicate microbial ecosystem of the digester and keep the resulting compost clean for vineyards and orchards. If these items are placed in your food waste bin, the bin may not be emptied by the hauler or you may be charged a fee.
- Plastic bags and film
- Liquids like juice or milk
- Bagged produce
- Canned food
- Plastic serviceware
- Glass bottles and aluminum cans
- Rubber bands
- Twist ties
- Produce boxes
- Milk cartons
- Wax paper
- Paper cups, plates and napkins that are not BPI certified compostable
If you aren’t sure if we accept an item, please contact us.
Pacific Grove Farmer’s Market Collection
The City of Pacific Grove and Everyone’s Harvest Farmer’s Market are pleased to announce that food scraps will be collected at the market for composting beginning September 25th. Residents and vendors are invited to bring their kitchen scraps to drop off in a compost container at the Farmer’s Market.