California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Organic Materials Management

Food Scraps Management

Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste each year. This represents about 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills.

California’s new Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling law requires businesses to recycle their organic waste. The links below provide more information on food waste management as well as examples of how various business groups and public entities are managing food waste.

Everyone has a role in saving resources and wasting less food. Creative food rescue projects like the UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign work to save healthy fruits and vegetables from becoming waste. Rather than throwing away excess food, find ways to manage it more thoughtfully, such as working with groups to ensure that it goes to disadvantaged people, and composting for soil restoration. To further educate the public about food waste, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ad Council have initiated a food waste reduction campaign known as


Information for restaurants on managing food scraps.



Information for households on managing food scraps.



Information for colleges/universities on managing food scraps.


Stadiums/Special Events

Information for stadiums, fairs, festivals, and catered events on managing food scraps.


Health Care Industry

Information for the health care industry on managing food scraps.


US EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy

Ranks food donations to feed hungry people as a top priority to help reduce wasted food.


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