Food Waste Recovery Load Requirements

Did you know that food waste can be recycled to create green energy? The Sanitation Districts developed the Food Waste Recovery Program in an ongoing effort to “convert waste into resources.” Today, this program is successfully diverting food waste from landfills and helping create green energy.

Click here for the food waste tipping fee rate.

Criteria for food waste loads:

Acceptable material in any quantity (Clean Loads):
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Pastas, grains, rice, and beans
  • Raw and cooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish and eggs 
  • Bread, cheese, and pastries


Acceptable materials in minimal quantities:

  • Oil, grease and bones 
  • Packaging and cardboard
  • Paper or biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils
  • Plastic containers
  • Clear plastic bags

Unacceptable materials:

  • Metal
  • Poultry feathers
  • Yard waste
  • Glass
  • Non-Clear Plastic bag
  • Lumber and drywall

The procedure for food waste loads:

  • The truck containing food waste will be charged the refuse tipping fee at the scales until the load is verified as acceptable during inspection.
  • The truck will be directed to the food waste unloading area where the load will be inspected by a Sanitation Districts' inspector. If the load is acceptable, the inspector will stamp the receipt and its load.
  • If the load is unacceptable, the receipt will not be stamped. The load will be pushed to trash and no diversion will be given.
  • Trucks that receive the stamp will be required to weigh back, submit their stamped receipt to the weigh scale operators, and will receive a credit based on the food waste tipping fee.

Examples of Food Waste



For questions regarding this program, please contact Matt Zuro at (562) 908-4288, ext. 6055.