What is green waste?
Green waste is yard waste including:
• Pine needles
• Grass clippings
• Small branches less than 1.5 inches in diameter
• Small shrubs
• Landscape and pruning waste
|Green waste is NOT:
• Food waste or food contaminated containers
• Animal waste
• Stumps or wood over 1.5 inches in diameter
• Dirt or rocks
• Household trash
• Blue cart recyclable materials
What is changing?
Beginning January 1, 2023 California regulations will prohibit green waste in your black trash cart. As of that date, a black trash cart will not be emptied if it contains green waste materials.
Why is it changing?
California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016, required CalRecycle to develop regulations to reduce organics in landfills as a source of methane. The resulting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Organic Waste Reduction regulations place requirements on multiple entities including the Big Bear City Community Services District (District). For more information about CalRecycle, SB 1383 or the SLCP Regulations visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp.
Do we have to comply?
Yes, the District and our residents must comply with the regulations set forth by CalRecycle. The District was granted a one-year extension by CalRecycle, requiring compliance by January 1, 2023.
What is the District doing?
District staff has drafted a new Solid Waste Ordinance to meet the requirements of SB 1383 and CalRecycle. The District’s Board of Directors is expected to review the draft Ordinance at their regularly scheduled October 3rd and October 17th Board Meetings. Meetings are held at 5:00 pm at 139 E Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear City. Public attendance is welcomed.
How much will it cost?
Self-haul will continue to be available to homeowners using the County Disposal Use Permit (dump card) at no additional cost. District staff is working to determine the cost to provide curbside green waste collection for residents who choose to enroll in the service. No pricing is available at this time.
When will you have more information?
Further details are pending Board approval of a new Solid Waste Ordinance. Please check back for more information in November and December.
How will I dispose of green waste after these changes?
Residents will have the option to self-haul green waste using the County Disposal Use Permit (dump card) or enroll in curbside green waste collection for an additional cost. Green waste carts will be available for rent on an annual or monthly basis. Green waste will not be collected from the black trash cart or bags placed at the street.
What about food waste?
Food waste and food contaminated containers should continue to be placed in your black trash cart for collection. Food waste cannot be disposed in the green waste cart at this time. The District was granted a waiver by CalRecycle allowing food waste to be collected in the black trash cart.
How will green waste collection work?
For customers who choose to rent a green waste cart:
• The container will be emptied not less than once every other week (biweekly), from April 1st through October 31st. No regular green waste collection will be scheduled between November 1st and March 31st.
• All green waste must be placed in the green cart loose (no plastic bags).
• Green waste will not be accepted from outside the cart.
I want a green cart, how do I sign-up?
Sign-up for green waste collection will not be available until pricing is released. Please check back for more information in November and December.