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League Urges Cities to Comment by March 4 on New Organic Waste Diversion Regulations

February 15, 2019
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) released regulations to implement a new organic and food waste diversion program and is seeking public feedback.
 
These regulations stem from SB 1383 (Lara, 2016), which requires the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants. This bill tasks CalRecycle and the state Air Resources Board with implementing programs to achieve a statewide goal of diverting 50 percent of organic waste by 2020 and 75 percent by 2025. Over the last two years CalRecycle conducted informal regulatory proceedings. The formal rulemaking process has now started with the release of these regulations.

The proposed regulations make significant changes to recycling requirements that local governments will have to implement. Changes include:
  • Requiring organic waste collection services;
  • New infrastructure capacity and planning;
  • Edible food recovery;
  • Additional reporting requirements;
  • Compliance and enforcement beginning in 2022; and
  • New procurement requirements. 
The League submitted comments and urges cities to comment as well using this sample letter. The League encourages cities to review the regulations in detail as the local impacts will differ.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 4. Please also send a copy of your comments to the League via email at cityletters@cacities.org.

Following the comment period, CalReycle will hold a public hearing in Sacramento on March 12. For more information, visit the CalRecycle website.


 
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