Residential Food Waste Information

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, all residents will be required to recycle their food waste. Find out more in this section on how it will affect you.

Commercial Food Waste Information

How will SB 1383 affect your day-to-day business needs? For tips and resources, find out more here.

SB 1383: California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

Harrison Industries will launch a weekly curbside residential food waste recycling program in compliance with California Senate Bill 1383, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

SB 1383 requires communities to immediately begin residential food waste recycling, on the road to reducing all organic waste landfill disposal by 75% of 2014 levels, by 2025. Passed in 2016, the law exists to keep landfills in California clear of food and other organic waste that damages the atmosphere as it decays and emits toxic methane gas.

Effective the first week of January, all Harrison residential customers are being asked to use their existing residential yard waste carts to also collect bagged food waste.

All of Harrison’s residential and commercial customers’ food and other organic waste will be recycled locally, at state-of-the-art facilities operated by Harrison’s community partner Agromin.

The Food Waste Problem

Millions of households discard large amounts of food without understanding the wasted resources involved and more importantly the long term consequences on landfills. Sending organic waste, including food waste, to a landfill is a big problem. In a landfill, organic waste undergoes anaerobic decomposition from the lack of oxygen, which generates methane. When released into the atmosphere, methane is roughly 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

Important to daily life, methane is the majority of the natural gas piped into our homes. With properly constructed landfills lined with a membrane designed to prevent the release of methane, there is an opportunity to capture the methane before it enters the atmosphere, and put the resource to use.

Almost a quarter of material sent to the landfill from residential homes is made up of food waste. Although half of that waste is inedible food scraps, the other half is preventable and edible food that could have been saved from going to waste. Even though it is challenging, preventing food waste at home is one of the best ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

Timeline for Implementation

2017-2019

Rulemaking & Regulations Process

CalRecycle will conduct informal workshops in 2017 and early 2018, initiate the informal rulemaking in 2018, and adopt the regulations in late 2018 or early 2019. Although the regulations will not take effect until 2022, adopting them in 2019 allows regulated entities approximately three years to plan and implement necessary budgetary, contractual, and other program changes. Jurisdictions, haulers, and generators should consider taking actions to implement programs to be in compliance with the regulations on Jan. 1, 2022.

Jan. 1, 2020

50% Reduction

No later than this date, the state must achieve a 50% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level.

July 1, 2020

Measuring Progress

By this date, CalRecycle, in consultation with the Air Resources Board, must analyze the progress that the waste sector, state government and local governments have made in meeting the organic waste reduction targets for 2020 and 2025. If the department determines that significant progress has not been made in meeting the targets, CalRecycle may include incentives or additional requirements in the regulations to facilitate progress towards achieving the organic disposal reduction targets. The Department may also recommend to the Legislature revisions to the targets.

Jan. 1, 2022

Enforcement of SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy Begins

CalRecycle’s regulations to meet the organic waste reduction and the edible food recovery targets take effect. The
enforcements provisions, including penalties for noncompliance issued by the state, take effect.

Jan. 1, 2025

75% Reduction

By this date, the state must achieve a 75% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level. In addition, not less than 20% of currently disposed edible food must be recovered for human consumption.

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