New Recycling Law Starts January 1, 2022

Diverting Organic Waste and Recyclables is Now Mandatory with a New California State Law SB 1383

November 8, 2021

A new California State Law, SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy, aims to keep food and other compostable materials (“organics”) out of landfills to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.

Effective January 1, 2022, regulations for SB 1383 will be implemented in West Contra Costa County along with the member cities in this jurisdiction and the garbage collection companies (Republic Services and East Bay Sanitary).

 

To Comply with SB 1383

To comply with this law, all businesses and residents will be required to separate organics and recyclable materials from trash and either subscribe to the required collection services or self-haul to an appropriate facility for diversion.

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The Goal of SB 1383

Regulations will take effect on January 1, 2022. The goal of SB 1383 is to reduce organic waste disposal 75% by 2025 and to rescue 20% of surplus edible food for the food insecure by 2025.

 

The Solution: Fight Climate Change

California is experiencing the effects of a climate crisis: hotter summers, rising sea levels that erode our coastlines, extreme droughts, and more devasting fire seasons.

The solution? Take on the climate crisis. This will put California and West Contra Costa County in a much better position to protect the health of our people and our planet.

View the video from CalRecycle to learn more about California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.

 

The Solution: Reduce Food Waste to Feed the Food Insecure

Approximately 1 out of every 6 people in Contra Costa County and in California are food insecure, meaning these individuals or families struggle to find their next meal. This law will help reduce food waste and help feed the food insecure.

 

City Solid Waste Ordinances

Each city is required to adopt a Solid Waste Ordinance that complies with the requirement of the law.

Refer to the specific member city agency for the ordinances.