Support Compost and Less Food Waste in Los Angeles!

May 31, 2016

Friends, call your LA senators to let them know you’re excited for them to support the allocation of $100M to CalRecycle, to bring more composting facilities to Southern California!

Approach:
There has been a lot of support from our Senators around recycling this year so this is more of a friendly reminder that we still would like to see full funding / or a thank you to them for supporting that funding coming back from $50M to $100M. Please call if this feels relevant to your work or if you are in District 24 or 27, as our representatives have a lot going on right now. It’s also helpful to not be pushy or demanding; an approach of gratitude for their support will be strongest.

Call:
District 24, Senator Kevin de León, District Office: Tel: (213) 483-9300; Capitol Office (Sacramento) Tel: (916) 651-4024

Includes the “Los Angeles neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Mt. Washington, Cypress Park, Lincoln Heights, Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, Arlington Heights, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Little Armenia, Thai Town, Larchmont, Koreatown, Pico-Union, Westlake-MacArthur Park, Historic Filipinotown, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Arts District, Civic Center, City Terrace, and East Los Angeles.”

District 27, Senator Fran Pavley; Capitol Office (Sacramento) Phone: (916) 651-4027

Includes “the eastern portion of Ventura County, which includes the cities of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village. It also includes the coastal area extending from Leo Carrillo State Beach to Malibu and on to Topanga Canyon.”

Talking Points:

  • Southern California severely lacks infrastructure to adequately address food waste. In LA County, we have a composting capacity shortage for over half a million tons of organic waste per year. There are not enough facilities in and near Los Angeles to compost, anaerobically digest or otherwise process and recycle the organic material stream that LA currently generates.
  • We already do not have enough capacity to compost this valuable resource stream AB 1826 and the Short Lived Climate Pollutant Plan (which targets methane from landfills) are going to mean even more organics will be not allowed to go to the landfill.
  • There is a strong need for investments in composting infrastructure at the large, medium and community scales.
    The CalRecycle funding would also support programs that help with food waste prevention and distribution of uneaten food to feed people and animals. With 1.5 million people in LA County lacking sufficient funds to buy enough food, Los Angeles has the largest population of food insecure people of any city in the US.
  • There is a strong link between more composting and the goals of the popular Healthy Soils Initiative: Compost facilities are needed to generate high-quality organic compost which is the single strongest measure to help our soils sequester carbon and hold more water.
  • A CalRecycle budget cut of 50% would mean much less support to process yard and food waste, less compost generated, less education to prevent food waste, and less donation capacity to feed hungry people.

Composting your organic matter in your neighborhood is one of the best things you can do for the planet! Thanks for all you do.

Love,

Kiss the Ground