Starting on October 1, 2021, businesses will need to receive organic waste recycling service. On January 1, 2022, residents will begin receiving organic waste recycling service. Organic waste like food scraps make up half of what Californians dump in landfills, which emit short-lived climate pollutants. Reducing short-lived climate pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. California Senate Bill 1383 establishes the following statewide target to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills:
- Reduce organic waste disposal by 75%
- Rescue at least 20% of the edible food by 2025
Businesses and multifamily residential dwellings (5 units or more) will need to either have organic recycling services in place or have an approved Organics Waiver by October 2021.
- Sign up for organic recycling service by contacting a City-permitted hauler:
- Or submit an exemption request using the Commercial Organics Waiver Application. An exemption may be granted if the following applies:
- Generate less than 0.5 cubic yards of organics per week.
- Receive service from a third-party hauler (i.e. landscaper) for organics and/or recyclables.
- Self-haul organic waste and/or commercial recyclables.
- Do not have sufficient space or storage for containers.
- All businesses that use gardening or landscaping services where the green waste is disposed off-site must require the contractor to recycle garden and landscaping waste and submit a quarterly Commercial Organics 3rd Party Hauler Report to the City. See Resources section below.
- Property owners may require lessees or tenants to source separate their organic waste.
- Business owners/Managers must train employees to properly sort materials for organics recycling.
- Commercial edible food generators such as grocery stores, restaurants greater than 5,000 square feet, and large events with more than 2,000 attendees per day must participate in an edible food recovery program.
Starting on January 1, 2022, residents will receive organic waste recycling service. Your City-permitted solid waste hauler will provide specific information on how they will collect organics and which cart to use for organics. The haulers below have different sorting requirements for organic waste:
- Waste Management: Email or call 800-675-1171. See flyer for program details.
- Universal Waste Systems: Email or call 800-631-7016 or 626-905-4658. See flyer for program details.
- Residents that use gardening or landscaping services must require the contractor to recycle garden and landscaping waste and submit a quarterly Commercial Organics 3rd Party Hauler Report to the City.
Frequently Asked Questions about SB 1383 - CalRecycle has compiled FAQs about organics collections, food recovery, solid waste facilities, and enforcement.
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