An apartment complex on Olive Drive has taken the lead in waste diversion, one banana peel at a time.
The Arbors Apartments, 1280 Olive Drive, is the first apartment community in Yolo County to participate in a municipal food scrap collection program.
Last fall, several Arbors residents contacted property manager Karen Mattis and expressed their interest in being able to compost their food scraps. Mattis contacted the city of Davis Recycling Program to discuss different options for composting food scraps onsite at the Arbors Apartments. That’s when she realized there was an easier option and signed the Arbors Apartments up for food scrap collection service through Davis Waste Removal.
The Recycling Program staff met with Arbors residents to explain the collection program and answer questions. Residents were given a kitchen pail in which to collect food scraps and, once the pails were full, they emptied the contents into the food scrap cart provided by DWR.
DWR has been offering food scrap collection service since May 2011. Businesses that pay for this service receive a cart for their food scraps that DWR services twice a week. All collections are sent to a local composting facility.
Since 2011, restaurants, schools and hospitals alike have been collecting an average of 5 tons of food scraps per week.
Food scrap collection service is available to businesses only. Single-family residents are encouraged to compost their food scraps and can visit DavisRecycling.org for information on simple, pest-free methods of composting.
The Davis City Council also is considering changing from loose-in-the-street-collection of yard materials to a containerized collection to allow the addition of food scraps.
Businesses interested in signing up for food scrap service may call DWR at 530-756-4646. For more information on composting, waste reduction and recycling in Davis, visit DavisRecycling.org.