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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Apply for an SB 1383 Exemption Waiver

1383 Exemption Waiver Application

Beginning January 1, 2022, California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 will require everyone in California to recycle all organic waste, including paper, cardboard, yard materials and food waste. The law aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing 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). 

The following businesses and multi-family properties with 5 or more units are eligible for an exemption waiver for organics recycling requirements:  

  • Businesses and properties that generate at least 2 cubic yards of solid waste and less than 20 gallons of organic waste per week; or businesses and properties that generate less than 2 cubic yards of solid waste and less than 10 gallons of organic waste per week. 
  • Businesses and properties that have no space on-site for additional containers.  
  • Businesses and properties 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. All businesses and properties should complete the online exemption waiver. There is an opportunity in the form to apply for a waiver or opt out of a waiver. 

 
For more information about organics recycling or if you might qualify for an exemption waiver, visit our Organics Recycling webpage. 

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