What is Edible Food?

Edible Food is considered any food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, or surplus. This includes produce, packaged, and prepared foods.

Why is it important to recover Edible Food?

Recovered food is transported and redistributed to those in our local community who are experiencing food insecurity. In 2016, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, which is about 42 million Americans and 13 million children. SB 1383 aims to reduce methane emissions while also bringing edible food to those in need.

How will I know if my business is a Food Generator?

Cities and Solano County will be identifying businesses based on guidance from Calrecycle (see diagram below). If your business meets either the Tier 1 or Tier 2 criteria, a representative will be in touch. Businesses can also contact [email protected] for assistance.


What is organic waste?
Organic waste includes food waste, landscape timings (leaves, grass, trimmings, branches, stumps), non-hazardous wood waste, and compostable paper (compostable paper includes food-soiled paper that is mixed in with food waste and other compostable paper) are all considered organic material.

Why do we need to recycle organic waste?
Organic waste accounts for over 60% of the material in California's waste stream. Organic material cannot break down when buried in a landfill, as it would in nature or in a compost pile. Instead, it decomposes without oxygen, releasing methane gas into the atmosphere.

What will go in the green container?

Food Scraps: Cooked or raw meat, poultry and seafood (including bones), cheese, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, grains, pasta, eggshells, bread, coffee grounds, tea bags, tea leaves, baked goods, nuts, jelly, candy, snack foods, leftovers, spoiled food.

Food-Soiled Paper: Paper bags, paper napkins, paper towels, paper plates, paper cups, paper take-out containers and take-out boxes (with no plastic or wax coating, and with metal removed), coffee filters, tissues.

Natural Fibers: Popsicle sticks, sawdust, toothpicks, wooden chopsticks, untreated wood.