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California’s SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Reduction Act requires the state to reduce organic waste (food waste, green waste, paper products, etc.) disposal by 75% by 2025 — more than 20 million tons annually. The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20 percent by 2025. SB 1383 establishes a statewide target and not a jurisdiction organic waste recycling target, thus the “regulation requires a more prescriptive approach,” explains CalRecycle, the agency overseeing SB1383 implementation. “CalRecycle must adopt regulations that impose requirements necessary to achieve the statewide targets. This makes the regulation more similar to other environmental quality regulations where regulated entities, i.e., jurisdictions, are required to implement specific actions, rather than achieve unique targets.”
The draft regulations — they are awaiting final approval by the state’s Office of Administrative Law — require that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organics recycling to all residents, businesses (including those that generate edible food that can be donated), haulers, solid waste facilities, and local food banks and other food recovery organizations. Even though the SB 1383 regulations don’t go into effect until January 1, 2022, jurisdictions need to start planning now to adequately resource the programs, says CalRecycle, which has made education and outreach tools available. Newly added are eight SB 1383 case studies, compiled by HF&H Consultants under a CalRecycle contract. The case study topics include franchise agreements, enforcement ordinances, edible food, and procurement.