Residential Recycling

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. Apartment buildings and commercial businesses will be starting service this summer.    

Residents can order a FREE kitchen caddie to collect their food waste in on the EDCO website here.  Educational materials will be mailed to residents and for more information on what goes where, visit EDCO's recycling guide

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 eventually curbside commingled recycling. These efforts to reduce waste sent to the landfill will help La Mesa reduce emissions and benefit our environment.

Continue to use green bins for landscaping until further notice. Take advantage of La Mesa’s compost bin voucher program and start composting your food scraps at home!

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:Compost2

  • 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 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 Available

The 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.

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