In September 2016, SB 1383 was approved by the Governor. Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383 entitled Short-lived climate pollutants: methane emissions: dairy and livestock: organic waste: landfills) is intended to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants; the goal is to reduce methane by 40%, hydrofluorocarbon gases by 40%, and anthropogenic black carbon by 50% below 2013 levels by 2030. This bill has a greater reach than just waste disposal, but for our part – it is to reduce the organic (food) waste in landfills.
Here is an excerpt from SB 1383 bill text:
According to data provided by CalRecycle, organic waste comprises two-thirds of California’s waste stream and food waste is said to be the largest waste stream. When food waste breaks down it creates methane gas, which is more potent than carbon dioxide. Through organic recycling, they believe we can significantly reduce emissions.
SB 1383 expands organic food waste recycling to all businesses and residents; it requires each business and all residents to subscribe to an organic food waste recycling program. Both businesses and residents will be required to source separate their food waste. For our residential customers, it means placing your food waste in your green recycle cart with your yard waste; business customers will need to subscribe to our Mandatory Organic Recycling Program.
Additionally, all jurisdictions will be responsible for implementing an Edible Food Recovery Program to keep organic food waste out of the landfill.
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