Sonoma Garbage Collectors
SB 1383: Short-lived Climate Pollutants
The Regulations become effective on January 1, 2022 and will apply to all persons or entities that generate organic materials, such as yard debris and food scraps. All organic material must be placed in the yard waste/compost cart. Do not place organic material in the garbage can.
State and local waste sorting requirements for residents include:
Required to properly sort/segregate organic materials (compostables) into the compost cart, recyclables into the blue cart, and trash/landfill into the garbage cart.
Compostables include all food scraps (vegetable and fruit ends, meat, bones, dairy, grain etc.) , yard debris (leaves, plants, grass clippings, etc.), food-soiled paper (napkins, tissue, paper towels), and untreated wood.
How to get in compliance: residents
Each residential household will automatically receive a yard waste/compost cart with their service. Residents must properly separate their wastes.
In 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 into California law, establishing statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:
By 2020, reduce the amount of organic material disposed in landfills by 50% from the 2014 level, and
By 2025, reduce the amount of organic material disposed in landfills by 75% from the 2014 level.
By 2025, no less than 20% of edible food currently disposed must also be recovered for human consumption.
This bill expands upon the goals of AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling and AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics. However, SB 1383 is unique in that it impacts residents in addition to businesses, and it requires some businesses to donate excess edible food to feed people in addition to composting organic materials. Unlike previous bills, there are significant penalties for non-compliance.