FAQs

For Restaurants

Where do I put my organics?

The Compost Group will provide restaurants with a free 48-gallon waste collection tote and residential customers with a free 5-gallon bucket where you are to put your organic waste.

We have found that restaurants rarely have problems if they purchase a second trash collection bin designated for organics to put right next to their landfill containers for back-of-house organics separation. If restaurants put one of these organics bins in the prep kitchen, cafe, plate scraping areas, and any other areas of the kitchen that get organic waste, it is easy for restaurants to separate their organics.

You may still put the waste in plastic bags to take out to your 48-gallon tote. We will split open the plastic bags for you before we compost.

Can you help me figure out how to prep my back-of-house for this?

Yes of course! We provide free waste audits, collection audit, and staff training if you would like. We find that most restaurants, once we go over the operations, find it a simple addition to their kitchen operations.

Isn’t it a headache to separate organics from trash?

We already do it for recyclable items…same thing! We have actually found that most restaurants feel it is a simple operational addition to their restaurants.

What types of waste can you take?

We can accept anything organic in nature, i.e., from the earth.
This includes:

ANY food item even: meat, small bones, shells, fish, dairy items, vegetables, egg shells, fruits, grains & breads, coffee, teaAnd fiber items including: napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, tea bags, cardboard, etc.

We CANNOT accept: excessive liquid (please don’t pour a vat of soup into the bin), metals, plastics, tires, etc.

Can I reduce my EDCO fees?

Yes!! You will find you throw A LOT less into your landfill container. Reach out to us and we will help you either get a smaller roll-off landfill container from EDCO or reduce your pickup frequency, hence, reducing your fees!

Is it true it is now the law to recycle your organic waste?

Actually – yes. California’s AB 1826 was passed in 2014 which requires commercial entities that generate above a certain limit in any type of trash to find and utilize organics recycling services. In January of 2020 that limit was brought down to commercial entities that generate only 2 cubic yards of any type of landfill waste per week….that is almost every restaurant.


There is a rumor that the State will start enforcing this law in 2021 in the form of daily fines for noncompliance.

Why do I have to pay if you sell the soil?

It is almost impossible to get a compost facility started in San Diego County that complies with regulation and has the capacity to take on the daily organic waste quantities that restaurants supply. Soil sales do not offset the full cost of the operation, so as a small, local business, we ask for a hauling fee.


Our intent is to keep prices cost neutral to your current landfill hauling rates. By reducing your landfill hauling service and replacing it with The compost Group’s hauling services, you can get closer to zero waste and be a more environmentally friendly restaurant without hurting your bottom line.

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For Home Composters

 

What can I put into the compost bin?

We can accept anything organic in nature, i.e., from the earth.
This includes:

ANY food item even: meat, small bones, shells, fish, dairy items, vegetables, egg shells, fruits, grains & breads, coffee, teaAnd fiber items including: napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, tea bags, cardboard, etc.

We CANNOT accept: excessive liquid (please don’t pour a vat of soup into the bin), metals, plastics, tires, etc.

If I get the every other week or monthly service, can I stockpile my food scraps in the bucket for the whole month?

If you choose to have your bucket serviced every other week or once per month, we ask that you please freeze your food waste until your pickup day. Our goal at The Compost Group is to work to create the highest-quality soil products from the waste stream. To do that, we stay away from antimicrobials, even popular ones like Bokashi, as to ensure we create the best environment for the good guy microorganisms that have the potential to bring life back to our soil. This also ensures that you don’t end up with a stinky bucket while you wait for your pickup If you don’t have the space for that, just sign up for our weekly service! <3