Diverting Organic Waste and Recyclables Now Mandatory Under New State Law SB 1383


Effective January 1, 2022, California state law SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, requires all businesses, residents, and multifamily properties, to separate organic materials (such as plant debris, food waste, food soiled papers, untreated wood waste) and recyclable materials from trash, and either subscribe to the required collection services or self-haul to an appropriate facility for diversion.


The goal of SB 1383

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 75% by 2025.

  • Rescue 20% of surplus edible food for those that need it by 2025.

Source: CalRecycle


WHO: Who does this affect?

  • Single-Family homes/Condos/Townhomes
  • Multi-Family properties with 5+ more units
  • Commercial Businesses
  • Public/Private Schools


WHY: Why is this important?

Complying with this state law helps combat climate change by recycling organic waste correctly. Organic waste is the largest waste stream in California and items like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californian’s dump in landfills. When these organic materials are sent to a landfill, they generate methane, a powerful climate pollutant. Landfills are the third largest source of methane in the state and are contributing to the drought, wildfires, and flooding that we are seeing around the state and nation. In addition, air pollutants contribute to health conditions and breathing issues like asthma.

By diverting organic material to compost facilities, we are directly reducing the amount of climate pollutants generated by our waste materials.


Fighting Climate Change by Recycling Organic Waste

Source: CalRecycle


Landfills are the Third Largest Source of Methane Gas in California

Source: CalRecycle


WHAT: What does this mean?    

The SB 1383 law has expanded on the requirements of AB 341 – Mandatory Commercial Recycling and AB 1826 – Mandatory Commercial Recycling.

The Changes:

  • This now impacts residents, not just businesses and multi-family properties – sorting of organics and recyclables is now mandatory.
  • Large food-generating businesses like Supermarkets and Wholesale Food Distributors are now required to contract with an edible food recovery organization to donate excess edible food to help feed people.


HOW: How do I participate?

Here is how you can participate to be compliant with the SB 1383 law:



1) Subscribe to Collection Service

Subscribe to curbside organics and recycling service from your waste hauler. Depending on your city, these diversion services can usually be added at no additional cost.

Businesses are also required to make recycling and organics collection containers available to customers for any materials generated in self-serve areas.

2) Sort Waste Materials

Effectively separate all materials your business generates. Employee training, instructional resources, and free interior containers are available from your waste collection service company to help you to implement these programs.

Building effective waste management into your standard operating procedures can help with staff satisfaction, sustainability marketing, and also possibly save you money.

3) Implement Surplus Edible Food Recovery Program                                                     (Applies to large food generating businesses only)

Some large food-generating businesses (such as supermarkets and wholesale food distributors) will also be required to contract with an edible food recovery agency and track your recovered food.


Resources for setting up a surplus edible food recovery program:

CalRecycle – Food Recovery Organizations


Who to contact for collection service:

For businesses located in El Cerrito, contact East Bay Sanitary.
For businesses located in all other cities of West Contra Costa County, contact Republic Services.



Limited waivers will be considered if you can demonstrate that your business generates less than 20 gallons of organics per week. Contact RecycleMore if you believe that you qualify for a SB 1383 waiver.


What goes in each cart/bin/dumpster (select image):




Learn how a local Richmond farm, Urban Tilth incorporated the composting into their mission to be in compliant with SB 1383.

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NOTE:  More information will be added to this webpage in the upcoming months.