SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP)
SB 1383 is the most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years. It builds upon AB 1826, the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law, which jurisdictions have been implementing since 2016. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. Organic materials account for a significant portion of California's overall waste stream. Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, organic textiles and carpet, lumber, wood, paper products, printing and writing paper, manure, biosolids, digestate, and sludge. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 18% of total landfill disposal. The statewide goal is to reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed of in landfills by increasing food waste prevention, encouraging edible food rescue, and expanding composting and organic waste anaerobic digestion facilities throughout the state.
SB 1383 Statewide Goals:
- 2020: 50% reduction in landfilled organic waste
- 2022: Regulations take effect
- 2024: Jurisdictions to impose penalties for non-compliance
- 2025: 75% reduction in landfilled organic waste
- 2025: 20% recovery of currently disposed edible food for human consumption
Organic Waste Collection Coming Soon
By January 1, 2022, all businesses and residents are required to subscribe to organic waste collection service. Look for more information on how you will play a part in the successful implementation of this organics recycling program in future communications. Stay tuned!
Local Food Bank Organizations/Resources
To reduce food waste and address food insecurity, surplus food still safe to eat will instead go to food banks, soup kitchens, and other food recovery organizations. Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people who do not have enough to eat. Edible food means food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, and surplus; prepared foods; packaged foods; and produce. The law requires the following businesses establish a food recovery program:
Tier 1, January 1, 2022: supermarkets, grocery stores over 10,000 sq. ft., food service provider, food distributor, and wholesale food vendor
Tier 2, January 1, 2024: restaurants ≥ 250 seats or 5,000 sq. ft.; hotels with onsite food facility ≥ & 200 rooms; health facility with onsite food facility ≥ 100 beds; large events and venues; state agency with cafeteria ≥ 250 seats or 5,000 sq. ft.; and schools with onsite food facility
- The Los Angeles County Food DROP Program
- Local Food Banks
- Full Listing of Services in LA County
Make your Own Compost
Learn backyard composting from the master gardeners from the Public Works of Los Angeles County. When you practice smart gardening, you will conserve water and energy, improve your lawn and garden, recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps, divert waste from our landfills, and help preserve the environment. Learn how to make your own compost by registering at any of the free webinars offered by the County. The City of Azusa provides a rebate for the full purchase price of a bin by submitting a rebate application form and proof of purchase.
To learn more about SB 1383, go to: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/slcp.