On June 30, 2014, the City’s Environmental Services Department will begin a pilot program to collect food scraps from local restaurants and grocery stores. The Program was featured in the August 2014 Issue of BioCycle Magazine.
Food scraps represent a significant portion of the City's organic waste generation. Through this pilot program, Environmental Services will evaluate whether commercial businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants generate enough food scraps to develop a cost effective collection program. With this program, Tucson becomes one of only two Arizona municipalities collecting food scraps. For the Pilot Program, Environmental Services will collect food scraps from current Compost Cats customers in the city limits.
Additionally, ES will offer the service to commercial customers including current and new customers who generate food scraps. Initially, collections will be limited to two days per week. Additional collection days will be added as demand grows.