Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in California
California's State Organics Law
SB 1383 is a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). Specifically, the law sets the following targets:
- Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 50% by January 1, 2020 (based on 2014 levels).
- Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 75% by January 1, 2025 (based on 2014 levels).
- Recover a minimum of 20% edible food safe for human consumption, which is currently being disposed, by 2025.
Effective January 1, 2022: CalRecycle's regulations to meet statewide organics reduction and food recovery requirements take effect. Enforcement provisions, including penalties for non-compliance issued by the state, also take effect.
Effective January 1, 2024: Regulations may require local jurisdictions to impose penalties for non-compliance on regulated entities subject to their authority.
Why SB 1383?
When compostable materials such as food scraps and other organic materials get landfilled, they create greenhouse gas emissions. Compostable materials such as food waste and paper decompose anaerobically (without oxygen) in a landfill, producing methane.
Who Does SB 1383 Apply To?
SB 1383 applies to all residents (single-family homes and apartments/condos) and businesses.
Helpful SB 1383 Resources
- Guide to SB 1383 (PDF)
- Guia a SB 1383 (PDF)
- Food Recovery Organization
- SLO Food Bank: 1180 Kendall Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
- Contact: Andrea Richards
- Phone: (805) 238-4664
- Collection Services Area: San Luis Obispo
- Food Accepted: All Types
- SB 1383 Final Regulation
- San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority