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Prevent Food Waste


Visit the Organics (Green Waste and Food Waste) website to learn more!


Encinitas is striving to achieve zero waste. Zero waste is a materials management approach that first prevents waste and then establishes reuse and recycling policies, programs, and infrastructure for all materials entering the community. The goal is to send the least amount of waste to the landfill by ensuring that resources are used efficiently without waste and excess burden on the environment.

How does Encinitas get to zero waste?

The Encinitas City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which includes the implementation of a citywide zero waste program. Through the cap strategy, the city’s goal is to reduce residents’ waste generation to 5.3 pounds per person per day (lbs./person/day) by 2020 and 3.0 lbs./person/day by 2030. Achieving this goal depends on the expansion of recycling and organics recycling programs and participation from residents and businesses to reduce waste and increase diversion.

Track the City’s progress on its zero waste goals on the Climate Dashboard website.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: On Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 12pm-1pm, the Solana Center will provide a Food Waste Prevention Webinar, sponsored by the City. Stay tuned for event registration details. 


Past Events

Free Document Shredding / Mulch Giveaway / Electronic Waste Collection 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

The City of Encinitas and EDCO are sponsoring a free document shredding event. Limited to two banker’s boxes (10”x12”x15”) per household.

Free mulch! Also available will be free mulch for Encinitas residents (while supplies last). This is a self-serve, self-loading, and self-haul service, so please bring your own cans/bags, gloves, and shovel—there is a limit of 3 cans/bags per vehicle. 

EDCO will also be accepting electronic waste at this event.

Items accepted include:

  • Cell phones
  • Central processing units (CPU’s)
  • Computer and television monitors
  • Fax machines
  • Household batteries
  • Laptop computers
  • Printers and scanners
  • Miscellaneous computer components
  • Radios
  • VCR’s

No Hazardous Waste or Appliances

When: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Encinitas Civic Center - 505 S. Vulcan Avenue

Enter parking lot from D street ONLY. For more information, please call (760) 436-4151.

Past Events

Encinitas Virtual Earth Week Celebration

The City of Encinitas partnered with EcoFest and other community groups to virtually celebrate Earth Week! Watch the recordings on Facebook Live:  

Organics Recycling Workshop

In partnership with EDCO, the City of Encinitas launched curbside organic waste pickup this summer. To learn more and hear tips on how to update your household processes to participate in the new program, email [email protected] to access a free recording of the workshop.

Sixth Annual Zero Waste Fair with I Love a Clean San Diego

Watch the recording!

What is the City doing?

Green Team (1)

Here at the City, staff actively reduce the waste generated by daily office activities. The Employee Green Guide is a comprehensive resource to help staff make the most sustainable, economical decisions throughout their work day. City Hall, Public Works, and the Community and Senior Center have composting programs run by staff volunteers to divert food waste and paper towels from the landfill. Detailed signage is placed at waste receptacles throughout City facilities to ensure proper recycling practices and maximum diversion from the landfill. In February 2020, staff were offered a zero-waste educational workshop over lunch. Despite these achievements, there is always room for improvement and the City of Encinitas will continue to strive each day to reduce the waste footprint of municipal operations!

Check out these printable resource guides! 



Preventing Food Waste In Your Home Kitchen

Steps To Being A Zero Waste Consumer Guide

Recycling Organics - What Should Go In The Green Cart?

¿Qué debe ponerse en el bote verde?