Organic Waste Recycling is Here!
Commingled organics recycling launched in La Mesa on April 1, 2021! Single family homes can place food scraps (egg shells, bones, banana peels) and food soiled paper (napkins, pizza boxes, paper towels) along with landscape trimmings in their existing curbside green EDCO bin.
Single family homes can order a FREE kitchen caddie to collect their food waste in on the EDCO website here. Educational materials have been mailed to residents and are included in EDCO's Environmental Times newsletter. For more information on what goes where, visit EDCO's recycling guide.
As part of Senate Bill (SB) 1383, on January 1, 2022, in addition to single family homes already participating in curbside service, all multi-family residential dwellings (five or more units) and commercial businesses are now required to subscribe to recycling and organics recycling service as well. To ensure your multi-family apartment or condo complex is compliant, contact your property management to coordinate organic waste recycling service with the City's waste hauler, EDCO. Check out the educational video links and bin signs below.
As part of the City of La Mesa’s Climate Action Plan our community is working to divert 75% of our waste from the landfill through recycling, at home composting, donation, and curbside commingled organics recycling. These efforts to reduce waste sent to the landfill will help La Mesa reduce emissions and benefit our environment.
What is SB 1383?
What is Organic Waste?
What is Organics Recycling?
Three-Stream Signage for Businesses and Residents
The City developed three-stream signage for businesses and residents to post at waste receptacles to help staff, customers, and residents properly and conveniently sort waste into the conventional recycling, organics recycling, and landfill items.
Backyard Composting Information and Benefits
Composting is the controlled, natural decomposition of organic matter. Organisms break down organic materials into compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment that improves the health and efficiency of your garden ecosystem from the ground up.
Composting has many benefits for you and the environment:
- Soil: Benefits your yard and garden by improving soil health and fertility, which increases plants’ resilience to pests, disease, and other environmental stressors.
- Water: Helps soil hold more moisture, minimizing erosion, runoff and nutrient loss, and reducing the need for frequent watering.
- Recycle: Diverts valuable organic resources from becoming hazardous materials in the landfill, and encourages natural nutrient cycling.
- Money: Saves money by conserving water and replacing the need to purchase commercial fertilizers and soil amendments.
Composting can be practiced almost anywhere...in your backyard, at work or at school, even in an apartment! All you need to get started is a little bit of space, the basic ingredients, and an understanding of the process.
Get Started Today
If you’re new to composting, or an experienced gardener who just needs a refresher, check out upcoming Compost Workshops at the Solana Center. You can also explore their Compost it Yourself Guide for all of the tips to get started today.
Discount Backyard Composting Bins AvailableThe City of La Mesa, in partnership with Dixieline ProBuild, offers vouchers for $40 off select compost bins at the La Mesa store. Vouchers are limited and available to City of La Mesa residents only on a first come, first served basis. Vouchers will be emailed within two to four weeks. Please complete this online form in order to qualify.
Paper Shredding EventsPaper Shredding Events occur twice a year at the parking lot adjacent to La Mesa City Hall, at 8130 Allison Ave. 2023 events are scheduled for 9 AM - 12 PM Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, November 11. La Mesa residents may bring 2 bankers boxes of paper to shred per household, and the paper will be shredded by a professional company on-site. No appointment is necessary.
There will be an electronic waste (e-waste) collection at the parking lot as well, and residents may bring items such as: computer parts; TVs, VCRs, and DVD players; radios, printers and scanners; stereo equipment; and telephones and cell phones. Please note that hazardous waste, including appliances containing Freon, is not accepted.
Goodwill will be present at 2023 events and will accept donated reusable items. All items must be in good condition for resale. Acceptable items include: Gently used clothing, linens, and shoes; dishes, pots, and pans; small household items such as collectibles and lamps; jewelry; and kitchen utensils and glassware. Please visit Goodwill's website for an updated list of acceptable items.