Planning for Organics Recycling in Urban and Regional Settings
The County of Orange operates one of the nation’spremier solid waste disposal systems,providing essential publicwaste services to over3.4million residents.The three active landfills owned by the County of Orange are strategically located in the southern, central, and northern areas of the county and receive more than four million tons of solid waste annually. OC Waste & Recyclingis thesingle largest handlerof residential greenwastematerial in the State of California,averaging 1,800 tons per dayof organicwastematerial, currently used for alternative daily cover (ADC)at the landfill. Milestones for diverting organic waste from Orange Countylandfills are fast approaching and key aspect of the State’s waste diversion effort relies heavily on moving organic materials away from landfills.
To address the need for a regional organics solution in Orange County, OC Waste and Recyclinghascommissioneda department organics committee to developand implement an organic material management plan, beginning with a discovery approach by initiating organic compost pilot projects at each of its three active landfills. Thepurpose of the pilot project(s) areto capture current accepted residential greenwaste material and assess thecontaminationlevels, nutrientvalue,and feasibility of a sustainable compost operation at Orange County landfills. This presentation will share results on OC Waste & Recycling’s compost pilot projects,its unique service offering for a regional solution, and how an opportunity exists to improve public healthand well-beingby compostingand preserving our landfills for the next generation.