Organic materials consist of yard or landscape trimmings (including leaves, grass, and yard trimmings), scrap wood (including pallets, branches, and stumps), food scraps, manures, agricultural crop residues, and other miscellaneous compostable organic materials.

This list below has recycling and marketing sources to promote the use of organic materials for:


  • Association of Compost Producers is a nonprofit association of public and private organizations dedicated to increasing the quality, value, and amount of compost being used in California.
  • Californians Against Waste is a nonprofit environmental research and advocacy organization that identifies, develops, promotes, and monitors policy solutions to pollution and conservation problems posing a threat to public health and the environment.
  • California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, pollution prevention, and composting. The CRRA works to expand markets for recycled materials, promotes sustainable materials policies, and is a clearinghouse for information, innovation, and industry and governmental initiatives.
  • Ecological Farming Association nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities, and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building, and advocacy.
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers advocates for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture.
  • Northern California Recycling Association is a nonprofit organization that promotes waste reduction, reuse, salvaging, recycling, and composting as vital tools for resource and energy conservation and as cost-effective, environmentally sound methods of disposing of discarded materials.
  • U.S. Composting Council is a national, nonprofit trade and professional organization promoting recycling of organic materials through composting.


  • Local recycling coordinators can help identify markets and sources of organic materials. CalRecycle maintains a directory of CalRecycle Local Assistance and Market Development staff and local contacts for each county and jurisdiction.

Recycling Centers

  • Recycling Centers: Call 1-800-CLEAN UP to help you locate a convenient recycling center.


Organics Materials Management Resources