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Food Waste Is California’s New Nanny State Target

Food Waste Is California’s New Nanny State Target

Meanwhile, flash mob robbers hit a Los Angeles gun store…and get away in BMWs.

California is experiencing a disturbing wave of flash mob robberies, a cargo ship crisis, and is tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment in the country.

However, what do our politicos squander time trying to control? Food waste.

Banana peels, chicken bones and leftover veggies won’t have a place in California trashcans under the nation’s largest mandatory residential food waste recycling program that’s set to take effect in January.

The effort is designed to keep landfills in the most populous U.S. state clear of food waste that damages the atmosphere as it decays. When food scraps and other organic materials break down they emit methane, a greenhouse gas more potent and damaging in the short-term than carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

To avoid those emissions, California plans to start converting residents’ food waste into compost or energy, becoming the second state in the U.S. to do so after Vermont launched a similar program last year.

Carbon dioxide is a life-sustaining gas required by plants. Millions of acres of plants rot globally each year. Natural decay has occurred since the first life bloomed on this planet.

No amount of science excuses this ridiculous mandate. So, of course, the bureaucrats are rushing to pat themselves on the back for this new rule.

Most people in California will be required to toss excess food into green waste bins rather than the trash. Municipalities will then turn the food waste into compost or use it to create biogas, an energy source that is similar to natural gas.

“This is the biggest change to trash since recycling started in the 1980s,” said Rachel Wagoner, director of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

She added that it “is the single easiest and fastest thing that every single person can do to affect climate change.”

And as Californians are forced to endure the micromanaging of their home wastes, flash mob robbers hit a gun store in the Los Angeles area.

Crooks made off with nearly 40 firearms during a smash-and-grab burglary at a California gun shop early Thursday morning, a report said.

The suspects shattered the front door glass at Whitten Sales just after midnight and stole the guns that were kept in a safe at the store, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Garden Grove Police Lt. Mario Martinez.

The owner of the business tipped off police to the burglar after seeing a suspect on surveillance footage, the report said.

By the time police arrived, the thieves were gone. Police said they fled in two BMWs.

I am sure the thieves will be sure to toss their banana peels into green waste bins….and then all will be right with the world.


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“The suspects shattered the front door glass at Whitten Sales just after midnight and stole the guns that were kept in a safe at the store, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing Garden Grove Police Lt. Mario Martinez.“

Not much of a safe….

Next up on the 11:00 news… “Rat problem at historic highs. Local governments begged to do something.”

    MAJack in reply to p1cunnin. | December 13, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Particularly in Sacramento.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to p1cunnin. | December 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Just in passing, I have a BBC special on PBS right now. It is discussing underground London and it talking about the plague pits they uncovered. Hmm. Lots of food in composting depots and city collection points. Rats. Cities filled with homeless, druggies, mentally ill, etc. none of which are known for hygiene and/or avoidance of fleas and ticks. Does the name yersinia pestis strike a familiar note? All around the Bay Area, Sacramento, Greater Metro LA.

    Something to watch from a distance.

    Subotai Bahadur

      Mick Gold Coast QLD in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | December 14, 2021 at 4:45 am

      yersinia pestis (formerly Pasteurella pestis) is a gram-negative, non-motile, coccobacillus bacterium without spores that is …

      Yeah, yeah – I knew that! Doesn’t everyone? 😁😂🤣

      I stayed in the Four Seasons hotel in the middle of t`he CBD some years ago, a splendid place with the finest restaurants; rode the tram, wandered about Fisherman’s Wharf, toured Alcatraz and experienced US exceptionalism in the innovative and professional manner in which you presented it – loved the place (Sydney, Australia is much the same).

      After seeing reports of what the anarchists and hobos and idle junkies have done to the city in recent years I never want to go back again.

      B Buchanan in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | December 14, 2021 at 4:10 pm

      For reals one of the big reasons I couldn’t wait to move out of the Bay Area was the worsening rat problem. (OK, politics too, but I repeat myself.) I was a Master Gardener, meticulously cared for my garden and I couldn’t get on top of the number of rats coming in my yard. I actually was worried about disease exposure. Every strategy I employed against rats was ineffective. I noticed an increase in rodents coinciding with the increase of homeless encampments near my neighborhood. The rails on top of the yard fences were roadways for rodents. I gave up on composting because rats liked to live in it.

      Gosh, what could possibly go wrong with California’s statewide composting plan?

Throw th scraps on Newsom’s lawn.

Plumbers are about to get real busy taking care of busted garbage disposals.

Glass breaking, alarms ringing: How did they get into the safe??


I dunno, it’s a crazy thought, but maybe stop wasting money should be a higher priority than stop wastng food.


What happens when they decide that people over age 60 emit more carbon than their worth. I guess we’re toast then. And the politicos will be able to pat themselves on the back for saving the planet and signal their virtue for making a dent in climate change. Insanity is winning. We’re doomed.

What could go wrong

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Mandatory compost? No. I use food scrap to create compost for my garden but that’s my choice. I suppose the busy bee tyrannical types are afraid to offer this as an alternative; folks might get the idea that they should have choices in their life.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 13, 2021 at 6:26 pm

<blockquoteI am sure the thieves will be sure to toss their banana peels into green waste bins….and then all will be right with the world.

That sounds racist.

/must I?

No problemo! A few more years under the Biden* junta, and people will be EATING the waste they used to throw out just to survive. Problem solved!

Famine is a swell way to lose weight FAST!!

Watching Democrats artistically ruin a state while they attempt to govern it is like watching an Ethiopian podcast of Pimp My Jalopy.

The Friendly Grizzly | December 13, 2021 at 8:21 pm

I see a golden opportunity for steep fines. First it will be a composting bin. Then it will be separate vegetable matter from animal better. When the chicken bone inside the vegetable one, and I’ll write you a $500 fine. Ask any Britt that made the mistake of putting a brown bottle in with the green glass.

This was a big thing in Irvine, CA when I lived there in the 1980s and 90s. The refuse recycling trucks dumped the biowaste into color-coded onboard compactors. On my way to Newport each, I followed a long line of recycling trucks on a canyon road. The trucks pulled off to the recycling center. One after another, the drivers dumped the entire color-coded contents of the trucks on the same non-color-coded pile. Reminded me of Alice’s Restaurant.

B-b-b-but what about Warren Buffet and Fortistar?

I have no problem with trying to create energy from waste in the form of methane biogas.

I have a problem with the mandate crap.

    healthguyfsu in reply to healthguyfsu. | December 13, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Also, there’s an easier way to do this and it’s with honey instead of vinegar.

    The people pushing this plan want to make biomethane more cost-competitive by consolidating the types of organic waste that produce premium off-gases. It makes perfect sense to do this. Currently, most landfills already have gas collection systems but the gas is diluted by other waste gases from other types of trash. Concentrating the gas by better sorting prior to disposal and incubation will cut the cost of biomethane production considerably.

    However, the totalitarians like Newsom would rather throw out a mandate which will lead to only partial adoption, fractured factions that fight (see the vaccine and masks), and rebellion on principle. Incentivizing consumers to consolidate this organic waste with some kind of program would be a much better approach, but for some reason (ahem progressive dictatorship), that’s not even in the cards here.

I’m sure the gun thieves raced back the next day to get the firearms legally transferred with the California DOJ per federal and state law ………… NOT.

Who, but Hollywood idiots, would come with this?

(Remember: Hollywood idiots have other people doing their housework.)

Can you imagine the ‘hoods on collection day?

Having the food waste separated out will make it easier for the skunks and the rats to go grocery shopping.

Next they will outlaw Mexican food!

AHA! They’re increasing the rat populaton to eat up the food waste.

Today I learned that if organic waste decays in a landfill it releases methane, but if it decays in a compost pile it doesn’t.

This story is rather funny to me.

Most people in my locale voluntarily have a separate trashcan for food waste, and another for everything else. It has nothing to do with any BS “climate change” fad.

One can is for paper goods and such. The other is a lockable food waste armored can that keeps the bears out.

It all goes to the same landfill in the end, as it should.

Won’t all of those bins full of rotting food create a fire hazard? If they’re generating methane, any nearby flame could cause an explosion. And packing a truck full of the stuff is like assembling a bomb; sparks from the engine or other mechanisms would be likely to result in an instant conflagration.

Other areas trap methane from landfills and use it to heat local area homes.
That’s not doable in CA ?