California State Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), requires the reduction of organic waste disposed of in landfills. Organic waste is food scraps and food-soiled paper from kitchens and food operations and yard waste such as garden and landscape waste, organic textiles and carpets and wood waste.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, organic waste accounts for a significant portion of California’s waste stream. Left to decompose in landfills, the organic waste releases methane, a gas that traps the sun’s heat, warms the atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Organic waste in landfills also emits air pollutants such as fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), which contributes to health conditions like asthma. To address this issue, Senate Bill 1383 was signed into law and targets the reduction of pollutants, including methane. Cities throughout California must meet the new reduction limits through organic waste reduction and recycling.
Implementing Senate Bill 1383 requires extensive procedural changes and significant coordination. The City of San Diego is developing collection operations, amending agreements with non-exclusive franchise haulers, amending the City’s municipal code, enacting building requirements, preparing enforcement responsibilities and strategizing public education and outreach efforts. Participation in this exciting new organic waste recycling program is vital to San Diego's future.
Food and yard waste collected will be recycled using:
Recycling and waste collection changes are coming to City of San Diego serviced residences. The City will notify residents when organic waste recycling collection services will begin. Please follow these protocols until otherwise notified:
In addition to curbside organic waste recycling collection, all residences currently have the option to turn their kitchen scraps and yard waste trimmings into compost by having their own-at-home backyard composting or worm composting bin. Learn more about our discounted compost bin voucher offer, backyard composting education resources and free workshops here.
Organic waste recycling options for businesses and multifamily apartments and condominiums serviced by a private hauler:
City staff can provide helpful tips and technical assistance for successful setup of organic waste recycling at your site. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-694-7000.
Businesses can learn more about the City of San Diego's Commercial Food Scraps Composting Program here.
California is working towards a 2025 goal to redirect and donate 20% of edible food to those in need. SB 1383 categorizes regulated food donors into two tiers that must start donating surplus edible food in 2022 and 2024 to food recovery organizations.
Commercial Edible Food Generators
Tier One Businesses - Effective January 1, 2022
Tier Two Businesses - Effective January 1, 2024
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Visit CalRecycle to learn more about the statewide SB 1383 organic waste recycling and edible food recovery requirements.
Please note that this section is currently under development, and more food waste prevention and reduction information and resources will be added soon.
Organic Waste Recycling Options
If you're serviced by a private waste hauler, they can also provide signs for your property.
Food Scrap Recycle Sign
Landfill Trash Sign
Following waste collection, rinse your bin with water to remove any residue. Pour dirty water onto your lawn and not the street drain. It is illegal to discharge pollutants from waste carts and dumpsters such as trash, food scraps or liquid waste into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.
Handout guide to learn more about how to Think Blue and properly maintain cans and dumpsters.
Obtenga más información sobre cómo mantener adecuadamente los contenedores de basura y reciclaje. (español)
Please see below free upcoming workshops or webinars to learn more about edible food recovery, food waste prevention and organic waste recycling. Click on the link to register and see more details.