Organic Waste Recycling - SB 1383 Implementation
In 2016, the state enacted new and ambitious organic waste diversion goals as part of the strategy to reduce methane emissions. SB 1383 (Lara, 2016) sets state targets to divert from landfills 50% of organic waste below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% by 2025. CalRecycle is charged with implementing this bill to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets and establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025. In order to successfully achieve these goals, local programs will require both new collection programs and new substantial investment in infrastructure, including compost facilities.
After SB 1383 was adopted in September 2016, CalRecycle conducted two years of informal hearings with local governments and stakeholders to develop regulatory concepts. In January 2019, CalRecycle began drafting formal regulations and is expected to complete the process by the end of the year. CalRecycle has released its anticipated implementation dates following the adoption of their final regulations.
CalRecycle Educational Outreach:
Even though the SB 1383 regulations are still in the rulemaking process and will not go into effect until January 1, 2022, cities need to start planning ahead on how to best implement these requirements. CalRecycle has recently updated their website with more information and resources that can be useful to cities during this process. This includes a PowerPoint and Word document with talking points is available for download. These resources can help inform local decision makers of the high-level content of these regulations. Additionally, infographics and an implementation timeline are also available for download to highlight the progress of the program.
The SB 1383 draft regulations do require that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organics recycling to all residents, businesses (including those that generate edible food that can be donated) haulers, solid waste facilities, and local food banks and other food recovery organizations. The resources linked below can help guide and inform cities education and outreach process.
The League has submitted comments to CalRecycle highlighting several concerens of the upmost importance to cities.