A focus on recycling organic materials is central to California’s efforts to combat climate change. California has been experiencing the effects of a climate crisis: hotter summers, extreme temperatures, an increase in fires, extreme droughts, and rising sea levels that erode our coastlines. Research has taught us that greenhouse gasses released by human activities, such as landfilling food and yard waste, cause climate change. To respond to this climate crisis, California is implementing statewide organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery.