CalRecycle Organics Regulations - SB1383
Senate Bill 1383: Short-lived Climate Pollutants is part of a statewide effort to reduce the emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like methane gas) in various sectors of California’s economy. SB 1383 establishes specific statewide targets:
Reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025)
Reduce at least 20% of edible food that is currently going to landfills by 2025 and redirect it to people in need
The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) finalized the regulations to achieve the goals of SB 1383 in November 2020 and these regulations take effect in January 2022.
The State has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving health, and creating clean jobs that support resilient local economies. Organic waste makes up half of what Californians send to landfills, where it emits 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Implementing the statewide plan under SB 1383 will reduce methane emissions and is essential to achieving California’s climate goals.
SB1383 General Information & Documents
Organics Collection Services
SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to provide automatic organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses. The City of Dos Palos already has a three-bin collection system for residential and commercial properties.
Edible Food Recovery
SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to establish and enforce a food recovery program that requires food generating businesses to donate edible food and strengthen existing food recovery networks.
Procure Recovered Organic Products
Beginning January 1, 2022, the City must annually procure a certain quantity of recovered organic waste products. Jurisdictions can fulfill their target by procuring any combination of eligible products such as compost, mulch, and renewable energy. The City is also required to purchase recycled-content paper. The City is developing an environmentally responsible purchasing policy to be fully compliant with SB 1383.
Education and Outreach
SB 1383 regulations will require the City to conduct specific outreach to residents, schools, businesses, and edible food generators, on an annual basis.
Compliance and Enforcement
SB 1383 regulations require the adoption and enforcement of various ordinances. The City adopted the ordinance on December 21, 2021 to meet the requirements and is currently working with community partners on the enforcement and record-keeping requirements.