Road to Zero Waste

GleanUp Day  - April 21st at Lincoln Middle School 

The City of Oceanside is partnering with ProduceGood, Oceanside Unified School District, Feeding San Diego, San Diego Food Bank and Wast Management of North County to present the first ever Oceanside neighborhood "GleanUp" Day. The partners organizations will be collecting citrus from Oceanside residents and distributing it throughout Oceanside and San Diego County. 

What is gleaning?

Gleaning is the practice of collecting excess fresh produce such as citrus, from farms, gardens, and backyards and providing that food to those in need. 

How do I participate? 

  • All Oceanside Residents are encouraged to glean their backyard and drop off their fresh citrus at Lincoln Middle School on April 21st from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for food donation distribution. When possible, we ask Oceanside residents to trim stems and remove leaves and avoid damage to citrus through torn or broken skin. 
  • Fire Mountain Neighborhood:  As part of a pilot program, two additional free gleaning services will be offered for residents within one mile of Lincoln Middle School. This pilot is in hopes to bring residential gleaning options to other neighborhoods throughout Oceanside with the help of ProduceGood. If you received a notice regarding additional gleaning options please register here - you have questions or are having problems registering please email or call (760) 435-4500. 
  • Volunteer:  If you are interested in volunteering please register at

Why should we do this? 

  • To reduce food waste. When food waste goes into a landfill, it decomposes and produces methane gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane gas is 28 to 36 times more potent than carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. 
  • To help fight hunger. The citrus collected during GleanUp Day will be donated to Feeding San Diego and San Diego Food Bank who will distribute the food throughout Oceanside and San Diego County. According to the San Diego Hunger Coalition, an estimated 504,829 or 1 in 6 people in San Diego County are food insecure. 

Will I be liable if I donate? 

The "Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act" (Public Law 104-210) makes it easier for individuals and businesses to donate to food rescue and food bank programs. It protects donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations and protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith cause harm to the needy recipient.

Become an environmental steward by thinking globally and acting locally. 

The City of Oceanside is committed to waste diversion and recycling. Our goal is Zero Waste. To meet this goal we encourage everyone who lives, works in or visits Oceanside to embrace the Road to Zero Waste. Reduce waste first. Reuse and repair products as many times as possible, and recycle or compost the rest.

The key to generating less waste is to reduce the amount we buy or consume and reuse the products we purchase. Making the choice to consume less provides more social and environmental benefits than recycling and composting alone. Your small daily choices and habits add up! Practicing the 5 R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rebuy, Rot) allows YOU to send less trash to our local landfill while producing jobs, saving energy, and preserving natural resources. 

The waste management hierarchy –– actually expresses the order of importance of these ideas: 

  • Reduce needless consumption and the generation of waste. When purchasing something at the store, try to buy items that have less packaging.
  • Reuse any item that can be reused, or give it to a person/charity that can reuse it.
  • Recycle whatever discards remain if you can and only dispose of what you must.
  • Rot your food and yard waste through Composting-nature's way of recycling.
  • Rethink about the waste you produce by using alternative products, considering how you can further reduce your environmental footprint, and what you can do to root out unnecessary wastefulness.

Successful recycling depends on every one of us. Waste reduction and recycling every day, at home, work and play is an easy and rewarding practice. By adopting more sustainable habits, we can reduce pollution, save resources and better help our community fight climate change.

Take Action!
Shop at one of the many thrift or consignment stores throughout Oceanside. You can find unique, affordable, and one-of-a-kind items that will showcase your own personal style! By shopping at a local resale boutique you can look your best while helping the planet! Don't forget your reusable bag.