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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  • What can I place in my organics bin?
  • When can I begin placing my organic waste in the green bin?
  • Will the new organics recycling program affect my rates?
  • Where does the collected organic waste go?
  • Why do we need to recycle organic waste?
  • Why is SB 1383 important?

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, and 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, and tissues.

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


You may begin placing organic waste in the green bin beginning January 1, 2022.


The City of Beverly Hills conducted a rate study in 2020, which resulted in rate adjustments from calendar years 2021 through 2025. The program requirements of SB1383 were integrated in the new rate schedule. For more information about rates, please visit our website at


The collected organic waste is taken to Sun Valley for pre-screening. Then it is transported to Victorville for further processing.


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.


The State has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve human health, and create clean jobs that support resilient local economies. Implementing the statewide plan under SB 1383 will reduce short-lived, harmful, super pollutants with significant warming impacts, and is essential to achieving California’s climate goals.

Organic waste in landfills emit 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Organic waste, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard, make up half of what Californians send to landfills.

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