Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pilot food waste recycling program launches April 1

City of Aliso Viejo
Pilot food waste recycling program launches April 1

The beginning of April marks the start of a pilot project to recycle food waste from some local businesses in Aliso Viejo and eight other Orange County cities.

Through a one-year $400,000 grant from the County of Orange Waste & Recycling Department, food waste will be collected from some local businesses and taken for recycling to a composting facility. The pilot program will put equipment and procedural infrastructure in place for possible expansion in the future. 

The program is expected to recycle up to 20 tons of food waste every week. On average, a restaurant disposes of more than 50 tons of organic waste every year. Overall, Californians throw away more than 5 million tons of food scraps each year. Every city in the state is required to divert at least 50 percent of all of its waste away from landfills, due to space constraints. Businesses participating in the food waste recycling program will reduce their trash disposal costs and help the City maintain compliance with its recycling goals.  

The food waste recycling program complements the City's environmental initiatives and ongoing efforts to divert more waste from the landfill. 

The City of Aliso Viejo, which incorporated July 1, 2001, encompasses roughly 7 square miles with nearly 48,000 residents.  The City's annual budget is approximately $30 million.  The City supports a thriving business community with companies such as Pacific Life Insurance Co.; United Parcel Service (UPS); Clarient; Valeant Pharmaceuticals; Q-Logic; Lennar Homes; Buy.Com; Fluor Daniel; Pepsi Bottling, Inc.; Shea Homes; the Renaissance ClubSport Hotel; and Bausch and Lomb.
Aliso Viejo has 23 parks, vast open space and top-notch amenities including the Aliso Viejo Ranch and the City's new Conference Center and Aquatic Center. The City of Aliso Viejo welcomes you to "Experience It All." 
The City is also celebrating the Year of the Youth. For more information, visitwww.cityofalisoviejo.com.

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