Organics Recycling

Senate Bill (SB) 1383 

Have you heard the news? New statewide organic waste regulations (SB 1383) became effective January 1, 2022, in California. These regulations require residents and businesses to recycle their organic waste – things like all food scraps (vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, grains, and coffee grounds), food-soiled paper products (paper towels, pizza boxes, egg cartons, coffee filters, and tea bags) yard waste, paper, and cardboard. 

Organic waste is targeted because it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas when it decomposes in a landfill. Landfills are the third-largest source of methane in California. Organic materials in landfills emit 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Everyone can do their part to reduce these harmful emissions by subscribing to collection services.

Pie chart that breaks down 67% waste as organic and 33% waste as non-organic and other stats on food

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