SB 1383: CalRecycle Organics Regulations
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What will the new State law mean for me?
Everyone will be required to divert all organic waste from the landfill. Businesses will need to place labeled bins for recycling and organics recycling next to all trash cans. Labels must be compliant with State regulations. Some businesses will need to recover edible food and redirect it to those in need (The County of San Mateo will coordinate with affected businesses on the edible food recovery program).
What is Organic Waste?
The State defines organic waste as food, landscape trimmings, lumber, wood, manure, cardboard, paper products, and other plant and animal-based products. Organic waste is also considered "
Mixed Compostables" and this is what goes into the gray cart.
What is SB 1383?
In September 2016, the State set methane emission reduction targets for California in Senate Bill 1383, intended as a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like organic waste) in various sectors of California’s economy.
SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed of edible food by 2025 and redirects that food to people in need.
From 2016-2020, the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) worked to develop regulations to achieve the goals of SB 1383. These new regulations were finalized by CalRecycle in November 2020 and take effect in January 2022.
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