Bat Kid Poster Contest

The 2016 Bat Kid Poster Contest is Here!

Download an Eco Challenge Poster Contest flyer here.

Why is it important to recycle food waste and green waste in Orange County?

Organic waste accounts for more than a third of the material in California’s waste stream. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the decomposition of organic material in landfills contribute to global climate change. Reducing the amount of organic material sent to landfills is an important goal of CalRecycle--the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. 

Collecting and processing organic materials, particularly food, in order to meet new mandates, will change how Californians manage waste within our homes. More information about compost, mulch, food waste, landscaping and technologies go to

What is food waste?
What is green waste?
What is mulch?
    Leftover food scraps, including:
  • fruits and vegetables,
  • meat, poultry &  seafood,
    including bones and shells
  • eggshells
  • cheese
  • rice, beans & pasta,
  • coffee grounds
  • compostable bags
  • lawn clippings
  • leaves
  • weeds
  • tree branches & leaves 
  • shrubs
  • garden trimmings
  • sawdust
  • wood chips
  • small wood scraps
  • palm fronds
Mulch is a layer of material applied on top of soil. Examples of material include:
  • wood chips
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • straw
  • cardboard
  • newspaper
  • rocks
  • even shredded tires

2015 Poster Contest Winners

Congratulations to all of our winners! Below are the 5 winning posters from each supervisorial district, portraying "how we recycle"! Winners will be honorary Bat Kids at an Angels baseball game during the 2015 season.

District 1 Winner: Alex Hawley, Garden Grove
District 2 Winner: Andrew Han, Cypress
District 3 Winner: Elena Sherrill, Irvine
District 4 Winner: Kianna De La Torre, Anaheim
District 5 Winner: Cara Adams, Ladera Ranch

District 1

Alex Hawley

District 2
Andrew Han

District 3
Elena Sherrill

District 4
Kianna De La Torre

District 5
Cara Adams