Do I need to change any of my garbage disposal habits?

You do not have to change your garbage disposal habits. However, it is better for the water quality and environment to dispose of food waste using your green Organic Waste cart to divert food products going to the water treatment plant. Best Practice: Reduce first, then Reuse, then Recycle. 

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1. How can I search this FAQ?
2. What is SB 1383?
3. How will this law help the environment?
4. How much landfill waste will this law reduce?
5. Who must comply with the new law?
6. What is Organic Waste?
7. What is the difference between “organic food” vs “organic waste”?
8. What is the difference between "food waste" vs "compost"?
9. What does this mean for residents?
10. Will the Green Waste collection service become weekly once the food waste program goes into effect?
11. Will there be any other changes to collection days?
12. How do I find out my Recycle schedule?
13. What is the size of the free counter top pail? When will they arrive?
14. Will residents be able bag food waste and reduce food waste sticking to the insides of their green Organic Waste carts?
15. Do I need to use a compostable bag for my food waste?
16. Where should I store food waste until I bring it out to my green Organic Waste cart?
17. What happens if a resident has more than one Green Waste cart now?
18. What if you don’t have an Organic Waste cart?
19. When does the new requirement take effect?
20. Can a resident apply for an exemption or waiver?
21. Can I start using my yard waste bin to dispose of my food waste now?
22. Will there be an exemption for residents who are currently do not have a green waste cart?
23. What if I have no space for a new or larger cart?
24. What if I already compost all my food waste/generate no food waste?
25. Can I self-haul my food waste?
26. Will there be a special rate for low-income residents?
27. What can be put in the green Organic Waste cart?
28. Which paper products can go into the green Organic Waste Cart? Do paper coffee or soda cups count)?
29. How do we know if these food-soiled items can go into the green Organic Waste cart?
30. Can I put compostable cutlery in the green Organic Waste cart?
31. Do I need to change any of my garbage disposal habits?
32. Do you know if there will be any banning of garbage disposals?
33. Does this program change how I dispose of fats, oils, and greases (FOGs)?
34. What should I do with Keurig cups?
35. What happens to the organic waste after collecting it?
36. Will residents be able to obtain compost for their yard?
37. Where can I find more information?