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Curb Your Food Waste LA Pilot

Curb Your Food Waste LA is a food waste prevention and recycling pilot that includes approximately 18,000 households in 25 neighborhoods across the City of Los Angeles. If your household has been selected to participate in the pilot, you will receive a mailing as well as an in-person visit from our representatives. The information below pertains only to the pilot participants. If you have not been notified as a Curb Your Food Waste LA pilot, please do not place food waste in your green bin. Homes not included in the pilot will continue to have their green waste taken to City facilities, which are not currently licensed to accept food scraps, and the food scraps could damage equipment.

Shop smart, waste less, recycle the rest

During this one-year pilot, participants will learn to:
  • Shop smart: prevent food from being wasted
  • Waste less: Make the most of your food; and
  • Recycle the rest: Use your Green Bin to recycle your food scraps
  • Learn how to home compost more effectively
Keeping food out of the landfill is an important way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – if each household in this pilot recycles their food scraps for one year, the reduction in GHG emissions would be the same as taking over 10,000 cars off the road! Furthermore, food scraps collected from your Green Bin will be recycled into fertilizer to enrich the soil of local farms and gardens, will generate renewable biogas energy, and will create local green jobs.

This pilot program is helping Los Angeles prepare for the future! Statewide targets for reducing organics disposal and increasing food recovery take effect starting in 2020.

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More Curb Your Food Waste LA Information

Still have pilot program questions? Check out the FAQs at the links below or call 833-CURBFOO(D) (833-287-2366) for assistance. For other LASAN-related questions, contact our 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489.

FAQs - English

FAQs - Spanish
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If you're a pilot participant, you'll want to watch these videos to learn how to properly recycle your food scraps!

English version


Spanish version


Shop Smart to prevent food waste

Wasting food means wasting the water, energy, land, labor, fuel, packaging and money that went into producing your food in the first place. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), up to 40 percent of the United State’s entire food supply goes uneaten. When food ends up in the landfill, it creates methane, a greenhouse gas 28 to 36 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

To make sure you eat the food you buy, follow these steps:

  • Plan your meals ahead – This can be as simple as deciding what to cook for dinner or make a full week’s plan.
  • ‘Shop’ at home first: Check your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, then make a shopping list.
  • Shop with a list - Shop with a list and a budget and stick to it! A good portion of our wasted food comes from impulse purchases of perishable foods that aren’t built into a meal plan.
  • Be realistic – Sales and bulk purchases can be tempting, but if they don’t get eaten, savings go out with the compost! Make plans to preserve bulk quantities by freezing and canning.

Still hungry? The City of Los Angeles is participating in NRDC’s Save the Food campaign. Check out these additional resources: