We are a community of smart, caring people who are concerned about the environment. It only makes sense that Mountain View has a few composting options. The first thing we can do is support restaurants that compost, as they are putting in the effort to divert materials away from the landfill and instead return it back to the Earth. It is being turned into nutritious soil. Here’s a list of the restaurants in Mountain View that are currently participating in Recology’s Commercial Composting program:
- Hobee’s (2312 Central Expwy)
- Scott’s Seafood (420 Castro)
- Crepevine (300 Castro)
- Sono Sushi (357 Castro)
- Sakoon Indian Restaurant (357 Castro)
- Cascal (400 Castro)
- Posh Bagel (444 Castro )
- Togo’s (1955 W. El Camino)
- Jamba Juice (1037 El Monte)
- Panera Bread (1037 El Monte)
- Pizza My Heart (1037 El Monte)
- Chipotle (1039 El Monte)
- Yam Leaf Bistro (699 Calderon)
- Starbucks (1710 Miramonte)
- House of Bagels (1710 Miramonte)
I stopped by Hobee’s and spoke with Sergio Gutierrez, the General Manager, about Hobee’s participation in the new composting program. He said it was an easy decision to start composting. Hobee’s started the program about 4 months ago. Recology went to Hobee’s and trained the staff about what materials (food scraps and soiled paper) are accepted in the compost program. Recology also provided new containers and signage. There are 3 of the new green containers on the inside of the kitchen and there’s a new large green metal bin parked outside with the usual Recology trash/recycling bins.
Sergio said that he previously worked at another Hobee’s location that composted food scraps so he knew what to expect. His staff hasn’t had any trouble at all. They’re all long-time Hobee’s employees and are happy to be doing something to help the environment.
We can look forward to some new stickers that Recology has created that will soon be on the front doors of Mountain View restaurants. The stickers will inform customers that they are entering a restaurant that composts.
The City of Mountain View is currently working on designing a pilot program for residential composting. I know that lots of residents will be thrilled when this happens. The City plans to begin the pilot in a selected neighborhood this Summer 2014.
And for people like me, who can’t seem to get enough of composting, we can always take the free composting classes that are offered by Santa Clara County. You should pre-register here for the classes; they’re very popular and fill up quickly. They’ll have compost containers available to purchase at the class, or you can look on Youtube or Pinterest to see how other people have created their own out of pallets, trash cans, cement bricks, or a few pieces of scrap lumber. Go forth and compost. I love Mountain View.