California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Proposed Regulations

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions


In September 2016 Governor Brown signed SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants in various sectors of California’s economy. The bill codifies the Air Resources Board’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Strategy, established pursuant to SB 605 (Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014), in order to achieve reductions in the statewide emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.

As it pertains to CalRecycle, SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020, and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The bill provides CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets, and establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of edible food that is currently disposed of is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

For more information visit our SLCP page.

Affected Regulatory Code Sections

California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 9.3, section 18840 et seq.

Current Status and Documents

Additional stakeholder workshops will be held after the New Year. Details will be posted here when available. In the meantime, draft regulatory language from the Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 informal stakeholder workshops is available. Please use the comment form to provide input. We are prioritizing comments received by November 15, 2017.

Past Workshops

CalRecycle held its sixth series of informal stakeholder workshops to review draft regulatory language, address rate increases and Proposition 218, and to further discuss the SB 1383 implementation process. The workshops included specific time to collect stakeholder feedback.

In the September informal stakeholder workshop to discuss the SB 1383 implementation process, CalRecycle collected feedback on the regulatory concepts related to market development and recycling capacity planning, and included a speaker panel addressing markets status and regulatory recommendations.

In the fourth in a series of informal stakeholder workshops to discuss the SB 1383 implementation process, CalRecycle collected feedback on the regulatory concepts related to reporting and enforcement.

CalRecycle held the third in a series of stakeholder workshops in June to discuss the SB 1383 implementation process, on the dates below. Topics included regulatory concepts related to local orgnaic waste collection systems, solid waste facilities, and edible food recovery.

In its second in a series of workshops in May, CalRecycle provided an opportunity for informal stakeholder feedback on the development of regulations related to the implementation of SB 1383. Topics included definitions and methane emission calculations, and there were two panels with speakers experienced with local organics recycling programs and edible food recovery programs.

In February, CalRecycle held the first in a series of workshops in February to provide an overview of the law, topics for which regulations are needed, and preliminary questions for consideration and comment, and to collect public comment.


Last updated: November 16, 2017
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