SB 1383: California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

What is SB 1383?

Senate Bill 1383 is California's statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. The State aims to reduce organic waste disposal and rescue surplus food that otherwise would be disposed. With regulations introduced by SB 1383, the State anticipates a reduction of organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025 and a rescue rate of at least 20% of surplus food for people to eat by 2025. Diverting organic waste from landfills will decrease the amount of methane produced. Currently, organic waste comprises of approximately 50% of California's landfills.

What this means for residents and businesses

Residents and businesses of the Town of Woodside, and other jurisdictions throughout California, must recycle all organic waste. Materials including, but not limited to paper, cardboard, yard trimmings, food scraps, and food-soiled paper must be disposed of according to your 2-container or 3-container collection system. Visit GreenWaste Recovery's website for disposal guides, upcoming clean-up events, and more. All organic materials collected by GreenWaste is processed in San Jose at the GreenWaste Materials Recovery Facility.

Businesses are required to provide collection containers for organic waste and recyclables in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers, except in restrooms. These containers must abide by the appropriate color requirements or labeling requirements. Businesses must educate employees, contractors, tenants, and customers regarding how to properly dispose of organic material. Businesses must inspect organic waste containers for contamination and instruct employees about how to properly sort waste materials into their containers.

The Town of Woodside is required to:

  • Provide organics collection services to all residents and businesses.
    • GreenWaste Recovery is the Town's only authorized hauler. The Town of Woodside's franchise agreement with GreenWaste Recovery can be found in the "Supporting Documents" section at the bottom of this page.
  • Establish an edible food recovery program.
    • Edible food generators are categorized in two tiers:
      • Tier 1 generators include supermarkets with a revenue of greater than or equal to $2 million, grocery stores with facilities greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet, food service providers, and food distributors.
        • Tier 1 generators are required to send surplus food to food organizations starting January 1, 2022.
      • Tier 2 generators include restaurants with facilities greater than or equal to 5,000 square feet or 250+ seats, large venues and events, local education agency with an on-site food facility, and non-local entities.
        • Tier 2 generators are required to send surplus food to food organizations starting January 1, 2024.
    • The Town of Woodside has joined 22 other jurisdictions within San Mateo County to collectively create one countywide edible food recovery program. The County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability leads and manages the edible food recovery program. Please visit their website for more information on SB 1383 edible food recovery requirements and resources.
  • Procure recovered organic products.
    • The Town of Woodside is required to procure organic products such as mulch, compost, and renewable energy from anaerobic digestion and electricity from biomass conversion. CalRecycle assigns an annual procurement target to each jurisdiction based on its population. Procurement of recovered organic products is based on availability and practical applications.
    • The Town of Woodside is also required to purchase and keep record of paper products that comprise of a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content when available at no greater cost than non-recycled products and are recyclable as defined by FTC "Green Guides".
  • Provide education and outreach.
    • GreenWaste Recovery will continue to send out town wide quarterly newsletters with educational material related to, but not limited to, SB 1383, proper waste disposal techniques, and town clean up events.
    • The Town of Woodside uses Nextdoor to notify residents of compost giveaway events at Town Hall.
  • Secure capacity for recycling and edible food recovery.
    • Between 2022-2024, GreenWaste Recovery will reserve approximately 500 tons of organic waste processing capacity per year for the Town of Woodside.
  • Monitor compliance and enforcement.
    • Beginning January 1, 2024, CalRecycle requires local governments to take enforcement actions. Evaluations related to CAL Green Building Standards, Water Efficient Landscape program, and edible food recovery will be incorporated.
    • The Town's Construction and Demolition Debris Program is managed by the Town's Building Department.
    • GreenWaste Recovery will be auditing organic waste collected during routine route reviews to ensure that contamination is minimized.

More information about SB 1383 regulations can be found at CalRecycle's website.

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