In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep valuable material out of landfills, and create a healthy environment for our community and future generations by recovering natural resources, California has enacted a mandatory organics recycling law that impacts residents and businesses alike.
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SB 1383 is a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants such as methane. The super pollutant reduction strategy rules set in SB 1383 for organics recycling and edible food recovery are part of California’s bold effort to fast track climate progress by reducing landfill methane emissions.
Specifically, the law sets the following targets:
SB 1383 went into effect January 1, 2022 requiring all generators of waste (businesses, public entities, and single/multifamily residents) to properly sort their waste, by either placing food scraps, food/beverage soiled paper products, and yard trimmings in the compost cart or self-hauling compostable material to a composting facility or program. Residents must also place recyclables such as paper and cardboard, (and cans and bottles) in the recycling cart. Jurisdictions (cities, counties and special districts) have the authority to assess a fine for non-compliance.
All you need to do is sort your organic waste correctly including food, food soiled paper and plant debris into your green compost cart, and paper and cardboard (as well as cans and bottles) into your recycling cart.
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