Beginning January 1, 2022, CalRecycle Senate Bill (SB) 1383 will require everyone in California to recycle all organic waste, including paper, cardboard, yard materials, food scraps, and food-soiled paper.
California's Senate Bill 1383 is a state mandate to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and to recover 20% of edible food statewide that would otherwise be sent to landfills. Food waste is the second largest contributor of organic waste in landfills. When organic material is landfilled, it decomposes and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG).
Commercial edible food generators who qualify are required to recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed, maintain records of their food donation activity, and report information annually to the City of Ventura.
The following businesses are eligible for an exemption waiver:
- Businesses that generate at least 2 cubic yards of solid waste and less than 20 gallons of organic waste per week; or businesses that generate less than 2 cubic yards of solid waste and less than 10 gallons of organic waste per week.
- Businesses that have no space on site for additional containers.
- Businesses that utilize a landscaper to remove all green waste offsite.
Waivers will be assessed for both food waste and green waste service needs to qualify for an exemption.
Businesses must complete the exemption waiver by October 5, 2021 in order to qualify for an exemption. Complete the exemption waiver.
- What laws require organics recycling?
There are two State laws that require organics Recycling: Assembly Bill (AB) 1826 and Senate Bill (SB) 1383.
SB 1383 is a State mandate to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills by 75% statewide and to recover 20% of edible food statewide that would otherwise be sent to landfills. SB 1383 requires all businesses, multi-family properties, and residents to subscribe to organic waste collection services. The regulations also require some businesses to donate excess edible food. The regulations become effective January 1, 2022.
AB 1826 is the State law requires mandatory organics recycling for commercial businesses that generate 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week. This law has been effective since January 2016 and was originally set up with a tiered approach to target the largest organic waste generators before scaling to most businesses. AB 1826 will be eclipsed by the requirements of SB 1383.
- What is Organic Waste?
Organic waste refers to food scraps, yard waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper.
In the recycling business, the term “organic waste” or “organics” has a meaning different from the term “organic” in farming. In farming, an “organic” product is one grown without chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.
- Why is SB 1383 important?
Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste in landfills releases:
- 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contribute to health conditions like asthma.
Recycling organic waste and recovering edible food is a fast track to fighting climate change and improving public health and the environment.
By doing our part to comply with SB 1383, Ventura will help mitigate the climate crisis.
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- City Resources to help you comply and educate your employees and customers coming soon!
- Provide your email to receive organics recycling specific notices including when our virtual workshops will be held.