SB 1383: CalRecycle Organics Regulations

Senate Bill 1383: Short-lived climate pollutants is part of a statewide effort to reduce the emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like methane gas) in various sectors of California's economy. SB 1383 establishes specific statewide targets: 

  • Reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025)
  • Reduce at least 20% of edible food that is currently going to landfills by 2025 and redirect it to people in need

The California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle) finalized the regulations to achieve the goals of SB 1383 in November 2020 and these regulations took effect in January 2022.

The State has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve health, and create clean jobs that support resilient local economies. Organic waste makes up half of what Californians send to landfills, where it emits 20% of the state's methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Implementing the statewide plan under SB 1383 will reduce methane emissions and is essential to achieving California's climate goals. 

What does SB 1383 mean for Residents?

Residents must recycle all organic waste, including yard materials, food scraps, and food-soiled paper in your organics (green) cart. If you're not sure what goes where - please visit the What Goes Where page. 

How the City of Chino Hills is meeting compliance for SB 1383

The City is working with our community partners to comply with SB 1383 requirements. The image below shows the major components of SB 1383 regulations that apply to the City. This page provides as an overview of the regulations as they apply to the City of Chino Hills. The full regulations can be found here

SB 1383 Compliance Strategy

Organics Collection Services

SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses. The City of Chino Hills already has a three cart collection system for residents and bin and cart collection for businesses through its franchise solid waste hauler.

Edible Food Recovery

SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to establish and enforce a food recovery program that requires food generating businesses to donate edible food and strengthen existing food recovery networks. More information about the edible food recovery program can be found here

Procure Recovered Organic Products

Beginning January 1, 2022, the City must annually procure a certain quantity of recovered organic waste products. Jurisdictions can fulfill their target by procuring any combination of eligible products such as compost, mulch, and renewable energy. The City is also required to purchase recycled-content paper for internal operations. 

Education and Outreach

SB 1383 regulations will require the City to conduct specific outreach to residents, schools, businesses, and edible food generators on an annual basis. The outreach must be translated into multiple languages, based on the most recent census results. The City is currently working with Waste Management to provide education and outreach. 

Ordinance and Policies

SB 1383 regulations require the jurisdictions to adopt an enforceable ordinance and other policies requiring compliance by generators, haulers, and other entities. The City of Chino Hills adopted Ordinance No. 377 which took effect December 23, 2021.

Enforcement and Penalties

The City is required to implement an inspection and enforcement program for organic waste generators, edible food generators, and edible food recovery organizations. This includes providing educational and outreach materials, investigation and tracking of all complaints received, and taking enforcement actions, including issue citations and levying administrative penalties. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What will the new State Law mean for me?

Everyone will be required to divert all organic waste from the landfill. Labels have been hot stamped onto residential carts to help the placement of common waste. Businesses will need to place labeled bins for recycling and organics recycling next to trash cans. Some businesses will need to recover edible food and redirect it to those in need. 

What is Organic Waste?

The State defines organic waste as food, landscape trimmings, plant and animal-based products. 

What is SB 1383?

In September 2016, the State set methane emission reduction targets for California in Senate Bill 1383, indicated as a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like organic waste) in various sectors of California's economy. 

SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need. 

From 2016-2020, the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) worked to develop regulations to achieve the goals of SB 1383. These new regulations were finalized by CalRecycle in November 2020 and take effect in January 2022. 

For more information about SB 1383, visit CalRecycle website