If you have a green Organics cart, hopefully you are aware that backyard fruit and vegetables can be placed inside. Other yard trimmings as well as food scraps and food-soiled paper from your kitchen belong in the cart too. The use of plastic liner bags, compostable or standard plastic, is not allowed.
Materials collected from green carts all over Brisbane are anaerobically digested at South San Francisco Scavenger Company’s nearby facility. The digestion process produces clean-burning, carbon negative fuel for the company’s collection fleet and a high-quality “digestate” that is further processed into nutrient-rich compost.
Participation in the Organics Recycling Program is important and appreciated but when it comes to edible food, we’d rather it feed people than a cart. Always try to harvest and eat everything you buy and grow. When that’s not possible, donate what you can.
The Second Harvest Food Bank accepts donations of backyard fruit that is free of mold or decay and has a shelf life of at least 3-5 days. For a complete list of guidelines and drop off locations, visit www.shfb.org or call 408.266-8866 ext. 102.
For more information on Brisbane’s Organics Recycling Program and anaerobic digestion, visit www.ssfscavenger.com.