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SB 1383 Information & Resources

SB 1383 requires ALL businesses and multifamily dwellings to recycle their organic waste beginning January 1st, 2022.

Photo courtesy of CalRecycle

What is SB 1383?

California Senate Bill 1383 is a bill that sets goals to reduce the disposal of organic waste in landfills, including edible food. One component of SB 1383 requires the state to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025.

When we are talking about organic waste for the purposes of SB 1383, we are talking about materials such as green waste, wood waste, food waste, and also fibers, such as paper and cardboard.

Another component of SB 1383 is to recover 20% of currently disposed edible food for human consumption by 2025. Why is this important? Recovering one ton of edible food could provide more than 1600 meals to hungry people. 1 in 5 children goes hungry every night in California – redirecting perfectly edible food that is currently being disposed of to feed those in need can help alleviate this.

Key Dates

CalRecycle, the State Agency responsible for creating the regulatory standards for SB 1383, has established the following key dates.

  • Effective January 1st, 2022: CalRecycle's regulations to meet statewide organics reduction and food recovery requirements take effect.
  • Effective January 1st, 2024: Regulations require jurisdictions to impose penalties for non-compliance on regulated businesses.

All Vacaville Businesses Must Do the Following:

  • Subscribe to traditional and organic recycling services. In other words, your business must have the blue and green carts.
  • Provide labeled recycling and organics bins in customer areas and employee break areas. You can contact Recology for labeling stickers and posters.
  • Properly sort all waste; keep recyclables and organics out of garbage bins
  • Owners and managers must provide employees with educational information annually about the requirement to recycle and how to properly sort between the garbage, recycle, and organic waste bins.

How Can Recology Help Vacaville Businesses Become Compliant with SB 1383?

  • On-site visit by request to provide site-specific recommendations
  • Conduct waste audits of the waste stream to check for opportunities to increase business recycling
  • Helpful tips/ recommendations
  • Review SB 1383 requirements for compliance
  • Waiver for qualifying businesses
  • Consultation: Apply the best management practices in collecting, recycling, composting, landfill materials
  • Provide bin labels and posters
  • WhatBin.com:  A website that helps users sort what items go in what bin

Additional Resources

The City of Vacaville and Recology's presentation to the business community at the Business Issues Forum- April 2022.

The City of Vacaville and Recology's PowerPoint Presentation

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