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Overview of Requirements

Jurisdictions are responsible for implementing SB 1383 regulations in their communities and must coordinate city and county planners, waste haulers, waste processing facilities, recyclers, commercial businesses, residents, and edible food recovery organizations. “Jurisdiction” means a city, county, a city and county, or a special district that provides solid waste collection services.

Jurisdiction responsibilities include:

  • Evaluating the jurisdiction’s readiness and capacity to implement SB 1383, including organics collection, recycling and edible food recovery capacity
  • Providing organic waste collection to all residents and businesses, which means providing service automatically and not relying on the generator to subscribe
  • Establishing an edible food recovery program that recovers edible food from the waste stream
  • Conducting outreach and education to all affected parties, including generators, haulers, facilities, edible food recovery organizations, and city/county departments
  • Procuring recycled organic waste products like compost, mulch, renewable natural gas (RNG), and electricity. Procuring does not necessarily mean purchasing.
  • Inspecting and enforce compliance with SB 1383. Edible food generator inspections can be combined with existing health inspections
  • Maintaining accurate and timely records of SB 1383 compliance

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SB 1383 regulations allow jurisdictions to customize collection services for businesses and residents, including single-container and multiple-container systems

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Education and Outreach

Jurisdictions are required to educate their constituents about new organics recycling requirements.

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Edible Food Recovery

Jurisdictions are required to develop a robust edible food recovery infrastructure that links commercial edible food generators with food recovery organizations, like food banks and pantries, soup kitchens, and other local non-profits that distribute food to the needy.

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Capacity Planning

SB 1383 requires counties to take the lead collaborating with the jurisdictions located within the county in planning for the necessary organic waste recycling and food recovery capacity needed to divert organic waste from landfills into recycling activities and food recovery organizations.

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Procurement Requirements: Using Recycled Organics Products

Beginning January 1, 2022, cities and counties must annually procure a quantity of recovered organic waste products. Jurisdictions can fulfill their target by procuring any combination of eligible products such as compost, mulch, and renewable energy. 

CalRecycle’s Procurement Calculator Tool can be used to help a jurisdiction plan for its procurement and track its progress towards meeting its procurement goals.

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