(From Press Release) – Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the residents and businesses of Davis, the first week of the organics collection program went smoothly.
During the first week of the program, Davis Waste Removal collected more than155 tons of organics for composting. Typically in July, Davis Waste Removal collects about 128 tons of yard trimmings a week.
“We are very pleased with the success of the first week of collection,” says Mayor Robb Davis. “Thank you to everyone for doing a stellar job separating out your organic wastes for composting.”
The Organics Collection Program, which started on July 11th, provides all residents and businesses in Davis with access to food scrap recycling service through Davis Waste Removal. The previous system of collecting yard material loose in the street every week has now changed to a hybrid system of yard material piles and organics carts.
Organics carts are serviced once per week, on the same day as residential trash and recycling service. As part of the organics collection program, the on-street yard material piles will be picked-up once per month (during the week of the first Monday of each month) AND every week during the leaf-drop season (beginning the third Monday in October through mid-December). In order to prevent yard material piles from sitting in the street all week long, piles may not be placed in the street more than 5 days before a scheduled pick-up.
Previously, the City allowed yard material piles to be placed on the street at any time. As such, there were always piles of debris in the street on any given day.
While there are still a few yard material piles here and there, most people seem to be getting the message. The City is leaving reminder notices at properties with piles, asking customers to remove their piles. To make it easier to remember when the next scheduled yard material pile collection will be, the recycling website, DavisRecycling.org, has neighborhood pick-up schedules available. Customers can download a calendar that shows their collection days and the days when they are allowed to place piles out in the street—a handy tool to give to your landscaper.
Davis has a goal of diverting 75% of its waste from the landfill by 2020. Currently, Davis diverts 64% of its waste. The City is looking to the organics program as a way to boost waste diversion and get closer to the 75% goal.
The City continues to host community meetings to discuss the Organics Collection Program and answer questions the next scheduled meetings will be Tuesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 28 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Game Room at the Davis Senior Center. These meetings will include a short presentation on the details of the Organics Program and a question and answer session. Additional community meetings will be scheduled in the coming months.
The City has detailed information about the Organics Collection Program, including a series of web videos, fliers, downloadable yard material pile collection schedules and more at DavisRecycling.org.