Cities and counties are at the front lines of implementing California’s new organics recycling laws, AB 1826 and SB 1383. But many in San Diego County are asking, where can we recycle this material?
Organics—such as plant trimmings and food scraps—make up more than a third of disposal sent to California landfills, and the State aims to divert 75% of this flow by 2025. Yet we currently lack the capacity to recycle all of this material. This creates pressure to quickly develop processing infrastructure, such as composting and anaerobic digestion facilities.
In this program, recycling and solid waste experts from local jurisdictions will present the new landscape of goals and regulations for organic material recycling, and illuminate how local communities can plan for better management of organics. Speakers include Michael Wonsidler, County of San Diego; Bill Prinz, City of San Diego; and Colleen Foster, City of Oceanside.
Michael Wonsidler is the Program Coordinator for the County of San Diego’s Solid Waste Planning & Recycling Section and responsible for meeting and maintaining the state-mandated diversion rate in the unincorporated areas of the County. Through technical assistance and trainings, the program engages businesses, schools and residences to enhance recycling ... Read More
Ana Carvalho is an Environmental Specialist with the City of San Diego, leading the implementation of its commercial food waste diversion and food scraps composting program, recognized with the National Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2016 Food Recovery Education Outreach Award. The program includes large generators such as the San Diego ... Read More
Bill Prinz is the Program Manager at the City of San Diego Development Services Department--Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Program. (2007 - Present) Read More
Mina Brown's professional experience falls under a broad umbrella of community sustainability, equity, and health--with particular knowledge of food environments and food waste, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, natural resources, historic preservation, parks and recreation, and pedestrian and bicycle mobility. Mina has been a member of the American Institute of ... Read More
Colleen Foster has an established record of experience within the public and private sector, including but not limited to environmental program development, marketing, legislative compliance, budgetary oversight, and contract management. In addition, Ms. Foster has extensive background in public and community relations, strategic planning for water and waste related resources ... Read More