In September 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce methane emissions. Methane gas is created in landfills when organic waste naturally decomposes. In accordance with this law, all local jurisdictions must provide recycling and organics waste collection services to all residential and commercial generators by January 1, 2022. This will help divert organic materials from landfills. If you have not done so already, please reach out to CR&R, the City’s waste hauler, to sign up for collection services.
In addition to organics recycling collection programs, SB 1383 regulations also require businesses to minimize throwing out “edible food” by requiring the implementation of an Edible Food Program.
Starting January 1, 2022: All Tier One edible food generators will need to either sign up for organics recycling services or donate their food waste to a food bank or non-profit charitable organization. Tier One generators include supermarkets, grocery stores, food service providers, food distributors, and wholesale food vendors.
Starting January 1, 2024: All Tier Two edible food generators will need to either sign up for organics recycling services or donate their food waste to a food bank or a non-profit charitable organization. Tier Two generators include restaurants, hotels, health facilities, large venues, large events, state agencies, and local education agencies.
For more information on SB 1383, please visit calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp/