Organic Waste

The local waste audit conducted by ACB in 2021 showed that at least 60% of the garbage going into our dump is compostable organics.

Not only do these organics fill up the dump at an unsustainable rate, they lead to the toxic burning of waste when they spontaneously combust. This happens far too often. The severe depletion of soil nutrients is another worldwide problem that is particularly acute in agricultural regions like ours.

Diverting these valuable organics from the dump and turning them into nutrient-rich soil for our farms and gardens is an obvious and elegant solution. ACB has therefore made composting organic waste a major tenet of our waste reduction goals.

The ACB organic waste program seeks to significantly increase the amount of organic waste diverted to soil-making based on three strategies:

Community composting campaign

We are tapping into the vast composting/permaculture/agriculture knowledge that resides in our community to teach and inspire households, restaurants, hotels and schools to do their own composting. We are doing this through workshops, social media posts, and connecting composting consultants to those seeking those services.

Supporting small and medium-sized composting facilities

There are several small and mid-sized local composting facilities in our community. We have engaged in a series of pilot projects with several of them to help them expand capability and capacity by providing money for supplies, connecting them with local experts, and advertising their services to the community. Through these partnerships we are not only helping to build circular economies around trash, we are acquiring knowledge and data around best composting methods and scale restrictions.

Larger-scale community composting farm

The data we are gathering in our waste separation and composting pilot projects are at the core of our plan to create a community-wide composting farm. This facility will fulfill many goals and will a place to: deliver and process organics from Todos Santos and Pescadero; conduct experiments on best composting methods for our climate, soil and type of waste; create high quality compost for our area farms and gardens; teach composting, soil science and regenerative faming to students and community members. Our full-time organic waste program manager is currently working on permitting and contracting for this community compost farm.

Programs

We support waste management systems that improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, our environment, and our economy.

PROGRAMS
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Waste Wise Business All Stars Directory
Check out the waste reduction efforts of local businesses
Water Bottle Refill Stations
Find free locations in town to refill your personal water bottle
Waste Reduction Directory
Find products and suppliers to help you reduce your waste footprint
Community Resources Hub
Tools for adopting zero waste principles for your home, business or event
Adopt-a-Spot
Map of local companies keeping our area clean