Food Scrap Collection Program

kitchen2011 Commercial Food Scrap Collection Pilot Program
The City of Davis Recycling Program and Davis Waste Removal (DWR) will be starting a food scrap collection pilot program to carefully evaluate all aspects of collecting food scraps from commercial customers in Davis and to determine the feasibility of a larger commercial program. The pilot program will begin on March 1, 2011 and end on December 31, 2011, after which the City and DWR will assess whether or not to continue the effort.

January 2011 → February 2011– application & selection
March 2011→ December 2011 – pilot program
January 2012 – review program and plan for future direction

Program Eligibility:
In order to participate in the pilot program, a business:
1  Must be located within the City of Davis.
2. Should produce at least 130 gallons (½ cubic yard) of food scraps each week.
3. Have access to a secure area to keep a food scrap cart(s). This may come in 2 forms:
a. singular access to a trash/recycling enclosure that is not shared with any other business.
b. or the ability to keep one or more 65 gallon food scrap carts in a secure area accessible only to your employees (in warehouse, storage area, etc.) until pick-up day.

Interested businesses that meet the requirements listed above, are encouraged to complete the application form and submit it to the Public Works Department, Attn: Jennifer Gilbert, by February 7, 2011. After all registration forms have been received, City staff and Davis Waste Removal (DWR) will select the businesses that will participate in the pilot.

PDF: Staff Report to City Council 12/7/10
PDF: Commercial Food Scrap Collection Pilot Application Form
PDF: Training Guide: Setting up a Food Scrap Collection Program
PDF: Print-ready Waste Posters
PDF: Press Release
VIDEO: Food Scrap Collection (coming soon)
Partners for a Greener Davis Green Business Program

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the program work?
Pilot participants will utilize one or more 65 gallon carts to fill with the food scraps they generate. Davis Waste Removal (DWR) and City Recycling Program staff will help pilot participants determine how many food scrap carts they will need. DWR will empty the carts twice a week (Monday and Friday) and will take the food scraps to a compost facility where it will be turned into compost.

How much will participating in the pilot program cost?
The 65 gallon carts that DWR will deliver to pilot participants will cost the same as a regular trash cart. See the table on the right for the cost breakdown. In some instances, once food scraps are removed from the trash, businesses may be able to downsize their trash service, resulting in no net change in overall cost or a cost savings.

Businesses can request a waste assessment from the Recycling Program staff to make sure that as much material as possible is being diverted from the trash by recycling and composting. Once all paper, containers, cardboard and food scraps are removed from the trash, there is usually not much left to throw away. This can mean a lot of money saved on trash disposal.

# of 65-gallon carts












Each additional cart



What is acceptable to put in the food scrap carts?

Acceptable items in the food scrap carts include fruit, vegetables, pasta, bread, rice, meat, dairy, coffee grinds & filters, tea bags, paper plates, paper towels and paper napkins.

If I participate in the pilot, can someone help me set up a food scrap collection program?
Yes, the Recycling Program staff can perform a waste assessment and help you set up your program.

What are the benefits of participating in the food scrap collection pilot?
There are many benefits to diverting food scraps from the landfill:
1. Save money Once food scraps are removed from your garbage, pilot participants may be able to downsize their garbage service and save money.
2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions Food scraps buried in a landfill produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas, which is now thought to be 70 times more potent by volume than carbon dioxide.
3. Waste reduction Food scraps make up 15% of commercial waste. That’s thousands of tons of garbage each week that could be composted and turned into a usable product (compost) instead of being sent to a landfill.
4. Reduction of toxics The collected food scraps will be turned into compost, a natural soil amendment that can reduce the need for pesticides and fertilizers—hazardous materials that can pollute the environment.
5. Receive recognition If you are participating in the commercial organics program, you will receive newspaper mention. Be sure to let your customers know as well. Today’s consumers, particularly in Davis, are environmentally aware. They may show their gratitude by patronizing your businesses to thank you for your efforts.

I’m not sure if my business qualifies to participate in the pilot, who can I speak with for more details?
If you are not sure if you generate enough food scraps to participate, you can contact the City of Davis Recycling Program at pwweb@cityofdavis.org or by calling 757-5686. If you are not sure if you have access to a secure area to keep a food scrap cart, contact Davis Waste Removal at 756-4646.

Where can I find more information about the pilot?
More information about the Commercial Food Scrap Collection Pilot will be available online at www.DavisRecycling.org, including posters, fliers, bin labels and a guide on setting up a food scrap collection program at your business..

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