There’s a little ‘secret’ in Los Angeles. I’ve known about it for a while but recently I wondered, do my fellow Angelinos know about it, too? I’m talking about the secret of our Green Trash Bins, which are the ones reserved for our lawn scraps. Have you ever actually read the sticker on the green bins? There’s something quite cool written on there. (Cool on a trash bin?) Besides grass & leaves we can chuck food scraps in the green bins, which is a brilliant recycling alternative if you don’t compost. That’s pretty cool isn’t it? Food scraps in the forms of fruits, veggies and grains are allowed but basically the bin is vegan (so LA!), so no scraps that contain animal products, even milk, cheese or eggs. Some of this greenwaste collected by L.A.’s Bureau of Sanitation, is given away free as mulch and compost to community gardens, City residents, businesses and farmers. Cool indeed!
But it gets even better if you live in Santa Monica. According to the LA Times, their green bins really are a composting bin, accepting all food scraps (vegan and non-vegan) as well as compostable food containers and utensils.
Great news all around for our landfills. Do you know what your city’s policies are? Leave a comment with your city’s info so we get the word out!