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Posted on: October 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Organics Recycling for Businesses and Multifamily Properties

Organics Recycling

The Organics Recycling Program will divert organic material from the landfill and reduce methane emissions. California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 requires all businesses and multi-family properties to arrange for organic waste collection services, which includes food and yard waste collection, starting January 1, 2022.  The collected organic materials will be recycled into soil products. 

California's Senate Bill 1383 is a state law 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). 

For assistance in setting up collection services to fit your needs and to comply with state laws, contact EJ Harrison at 805-647-1414 or visit Businesses and multi-family properties with 5 or more units may also choose to self-haul their organics and other recyclable waste. Additionally, some may be eligible for an exemption waiver. All businesses are encouraged to fill out the online waiver application, and there is an option to opt out of a waiver exemption. 

For more information, visit Organics Recycling.

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