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In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in various sectors of California’s economy. The new law codifies the California Air Resources Board’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy, established pursuant to SB 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014), to achieve reductions in the statewide emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

 

SB 1383 is the most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years. It requires the state to reduce organic waste (food waste, green waste, paper products, etc.) disposal by 75% by 2025.  In other words, the state must reduce organic waste disposal by more than 20 million tons annually by 2025. The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20 percent by 2025.

 

You can learn more about SB 1383 by reading this article from BioCycle, SB 1383: A Revolution For Organic Waste or by visiting CalRecycle’s website.

 

Remember, food scraps and food soiled paper belong in your Green Compost cart along with yard waste. Visit our Residential Compost page for more information.