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Are You Ready for Senate Bill 1383?

By Shannon Mcinteer


Senate Bill 1383 is approaching us quickly and the time to prepare is now! This bill is going to completely change the way we handle organic recycling state-wide. The main goal of SB 1383 is to reduce methane gas emissions, which is one of the most potent emissions in our atmosphere and a big contributor to the climate crisis. Methane gas is transmitted from organic waste decomposing in landfills, making up a third of landfill waste. Organic waste includes (but is not limited to) food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and wood. The target of this bill is to have a 50 percent reduction of methane gas by 2020, 75 percent reduction by 2025 and 20 percent improvement of edible food recovery by 2025.


Organic Waste includes: food scraps, wet/food-soiled paper, non-hazardous wood waste and yard trimmings.

According to CalRecycle, “local government responsibilities include providing organic waste collection to all residents and businesses, establish an edible food recovery program, conduct outreach and education, evaluate jurisdiction’s readiness to implement SB 1383, procure recycled organic waste products, implement compliance and maintain an accurate record of SB 1383 compliance.” Starting January 1, 2022, regulations and enforcement will begin to take place, which only gives two years for jurisdictions to implement a successful Organic Recycling program.


Jurisdictions also need to have an enforcement mechanism or ordinance in place by 2022. By 2024, jurisdictions must enforce action against non-compliant entities. Cities and counties may be subject to violations if they are not in compliance. If a jurisdiction receives a violation, they have 90 days to comply. An extension may be granted if it is shown why the extension is needed and that compliance can be achieved within 180 days. For violations outside the jurisdiction’s control, a Corrective Action Plan may be requested, which would allow for compliance within 24 months.


Jurisdiction enforcement requirements include: annual compliance review of commercial businesses that generate more than two cubic yards of waste per week, verify businesses either self-haul or subscribed to an organic waste service, review routes of businesses and residents to verify service and inspect for contamination, verify businesses are transporting contents to a high diversion organic waste processing facility and verify businesses are enrolled in an edible food recovery program.


All in all, big changes are happening in the next few years to encourage environmental efforts that will preserve our planet for future generations. If you have any questions about Senate Bill 1383 or if you would like to find out how GMC can help you comply with this bill, contact our Outreach & Waste Management Specialist, Shannon Mcinteer, at (747) 241-8557 or smcinteer@greenmediacreations.com.

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