SB 1383 Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Reductions
What Does SB 1383 Require?
Effective January 1, 2022, California State Law requires the following:
- Supermarkets, wholesale food vendors, food distributors, food service providers, and grocery stores over 10,000 ft2 must donate any edible food that would have been disposed of.
- All government entities must procure paper products made from recycled materials.
- Educate all generators of organic waste on the requirements of SB 1383.
- Jurisdiction must annually inspect commercial edible food generators, and food recovery organizations and services for compliance with SB 1383.
Glenn County is exempt from the following requirements until January 1, 2027:
- Separating food and other organic waste from trash and placing in a separate collection container.
- Self-hauling organic waste in a manner consistent with the collection container service provided by your jurisdiction.
- Annual procurement of recovered organic waste products, such as compost or mulch, by your jurisdiction.
What is Organic Waste?
SB 1383 defines “Organic Waste” as solid wastes containing material originating from living organisms and their metabolic waste products including, but not limited to, food, green material, landscape and pruning waste, organic textiles and carpets, lumber, wood, paper products, printing and writing paper, manure, biosolids, digestate, and sludges.
Why an Organics Recycling Law?
Under AB 939, municipalities in California are required to divert 50% of their waste stream from the landfill. SB 1383 sets a new statewide goal for a 75% reduction in disposal of organic waste by 2025.
Why Organic Waste?
According to the State of California, organic waste comprises over 50% of California’s waste stream, most of which is readily recyclable or compostable.
Organic Waste Reduction Tips
Organic waste placed in landfills is the main contributor to methane production into landfills. When organic waste, like a banana peel, decomposes it releases methane gas which is a greenhouse gas up to 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide in our environment. Greenhouse gases, especially methane, are the main culprits to climate change. By reducing the organic waste sent to landfills we are able to have a direct impact on reducing the effects of climate change. Preventing organic waste from going into landfills is easy! Below are some tips to get you started.
- Recycle Organics - You can help California meet these goals by setting up a home compost system and recycling at home, by using worms to compost, or by joining your neighbors and co-workers in a community composting project. One of the most powerful things you can do to help California adapt to a changing climate is to use compost and mulch produced in California to sequester carbon in the soil.
- Food Waste Prevention - Plan your meals for the week before you go shopping and buy only the items needed to prepare those meals. By making a shopping list with weekly meals in mind, you can save money and prevent food waste.
- Landscape Waste Prevention - Drought tolerant and sustainable landscaping practices save water, reduce garden waste, and take less work, saving you time and money.
For more information regarding Senate Bill 1383 please visit the CalRecycle website https://calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp