SB 1383 sets methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). Methane is considered a climate super pollutant and is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. According to CalRecycle, organic waste in California landfills emits 20 percent of the state’s methane.
SB 1383 ultimately requires a 75 percent reduction of the level of statewide disposal of organic waste by 2025, based on levels from 2014. Additionally, 20 percent of commercial edible food will need to be recovered from disposal. Everyone will be affected by SB 1383 including, residents, multi-family properties and complexes, businesses, schools, and public agencies.
January 1, 2022 - Regulations Take Effect and Jurisdictions must have their programs in place.
January 1, 2024 - Jurisdictions will be required to take enforcement against noncompliant entities.
January 1, 2025 - By this date, the state must achieve a 75% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level. In addition, not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food must be recovered for human consumption.
Compliance with SB 1383
To comply with this law, all businesses and residents will be required to separate organics and recyclable materials from trash and either subscribe to the required collection services or self-haul to an appropriate facility for diversion.
RecycleMore, the West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority, has additional compliance information and will post more information as it becomes available.
Starting January 1, 2022- Establish edible food recovery program for all Tier 1 and 2 commercial edible food generators
Starting January 1, 2022- Identify Tier 1 and Tier 2 commercial edible food generators within Richmond
Require certain food businesses to send surplus edible food they would otherwise dispose of, to recovery organizations. Tier 1 donors will be required to send surplus food to food organizations starting January 1, 2022. Tier 2 donors will be required to send surplus food to food organizations starting January 1, 2024. Both are required to track surplus edible food donations and contracts.
Starting January 1, 2022- Implement an enforcement and inspection program to verify that commercial edible food generators have a contract or written agreement for edible food recovery and the generator is maintaining records of their food donation activities.
Starting January 1, 2022- Identify and list Food Recovery Organizations within jurisdiction
Starting January 1, 2022- Procure certain levels of compost, renewable gas used for transportation fuels, electricity, heating applications, or electricity from biomass conversion produced from organic waste
Starting January 1, 2022- Purchase recycled content paper and paper products
Counties, in coordination with jurisdiction and regional agencies, are responsible for conducting organic waste recycling and edible food recovery capacity planning:
Estimate amount of organic waste disposed, identify amount of verifiable organic waste recycling capacity available to the jurisdiction, and estimate amount of new or expanded capacity required
Estimate amount of edible food that will be disposed by Tier One/Tier Two commercial edible food generators; identify food recovery capacity available; identify new or expanded capacity; and calculated minimum capacity needed for edible food recovery from Tier One/Tier Two commercial edible food generators