SB 1383: Organic Waste Reduction

Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) was signed into California law in 2016, establishing statewide methane emission reduction goals. Simply put, SB 1383 requires that businesses implement programs to ensure organic materials are no longer put in the trash, with edible food. Instead it should be donated and the rest sorted for organic waste recycling.SB 1383 is unique in that it impacts residents in addition to businesses in that everyone needs to recycle organic materials including all food waste.  SB 1383 also requires some businesses to donate excess edible food to feed people in need. This senate bill will be enforced starting January 1, 2024.
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SB 1383 has two main goals:

  1. Reduce the amount of organic material disposed in land­fills by 75% by 2025. 
  2. Donate 20% of edible food to organizations who help feed people in need.

Who must comply?

  • Residents
  • Commercial businesses
  • Commercial food generators                                                                                   
  • Schools
  • Government entities 

Business Requirements Timeline

  • Beginning 2022: Participation in organics recycling program required
  • January 1, 2022: Tier One generators must have a food donation program
  • January 1, 2024: Tier Two generators must have a food donation program