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Orange County residents are required to sort organic waste, including specific food items, into their organics cart. Below are links to resources for organics recycling, composting tips, household hazardous waste, local waste haulers, recycling coordinators, food donation opportunities and more.
Food Scrap Pail Tips
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Food scrap pails serve as a resource for residents to successfully implement an organics recycling routine. When in doubt, contact your local waste hauler to determine whether an item can be placed in your organics bin!
Line or Bag it! Uncoated paper, such as newspaper or grocery store paper bags, serve as a great liner for food scrap containers. Lining your container will cut down on the amount of liquid residue left in your pail once emptied into your organics cart. Plastic bags are NOT compostable and should never be place in your food pail. *NOTE: Based on your haulers processing practices, compostable bags MAY NOT be acceptable to place in your organics cart.
Keep it Cool! Residents are encouraged to place food scrap pails in their refrigerator or freezer until collection day.
Create a routine! If space constraints prevent you from storing your pail in the refrigerator or freezer, place it in a convenient location near your trash can as a reminder to place food scraps in the pail.