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.
In order to comply with SB 1383, and to make San Diego a more sustainable and thriving place for everyone, the City of San Diego is pleased to introduce a new Organic Waste Recycling program for all City residents. The program – which represents the biggest change to trash and recycling in San Diego’s history – supports the City’s Zero Waste and Climate Action Plan goals.
Organic waste collection services for households serviced by the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department will begin in January 2023 and will continue as a phased rollout, with completion expected by mid-2023.
For information about when you can start participating in organic waste recycling, what items can go in the new green bin, and other vital details, please refer to the Organic Waste Recycling Frequently Asked Questions page.
Organic Waste Recycling Webinars and Workshops
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:
The City of San Diego is proud to introduce weekly Organic Waste Recycling collection services.
The distribution of new green bins for organic waste recycling will be rolled out by route. If you received a new green bin, you will have the option to exchange the container for a smaller or larger container size or to request an additional bin (requests will be reviewed for eligibility). Available green bin options are a 35-gallon, 65-gallon and 95-gallon.
All bin requests can be made on the Get It Done app at sandiego.gov/get-it-done or by calling 858-694-7000.
|Current Trash Collection Day||Delivery Months||Total Green Bins to be Delivered|
|Wednesday||January - February||64,224|
|Thursday||March - April||62,696|
|Friday||May - June||51,207|
|Monday||June - July||44,743|
|Tuesday||July - August||44,772|
Curbside Organic Waste Recycling Guide
Welcome to your new green bin!
Organic Waste Recycling Steps
Helpful tips to prevent any odors or buildup in the new green bin can be found 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.
Please visit the City Recycling Ordinance page for detailed information on complying with the new organic waste recycling requirements.
These downloadable and printable guides provide tips on how to prevent food waste in both commercial and residential kitchens.
Commercial Food Waste Prevention
Food Storage Best Practices
Date Labels Explained
Freezer-Friendly Food Tips
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.
Additional Resources for Commercial Edible Food Generators:
Food Recovery Organizations: groups collecting or receiving edible food from commercial edible food generators with a written food recovery agreement.
Food Recovery Services: groups collecting and transporting edible food from commercial edible food generators with a written food recovery agreement. (Food recovery services transport food to food recovery organizations).
Annual reports are for the period of Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 and are due on Jan. 31 of each year, commencing in 2023.
You may complete and submit an annual report here.
Additional Resources for Food Recovery Organizations and Services:
If you're serviced by a private waste hauler, they can also provide signs for your property.
Food Scrap Recycle Sign
Landfill Trash Sign
Tips for keeping your green bin clean
Get more information and assistance by contacting the Environmental Services Department at email@example.com or 858-694-7000. For program updates, please continue to check this page.
Visit CalRecycle to learn more about the statewide SB 1383 organic waste recycling and edible food recovery requirements.