Diverting Organic Waste and Recyclables Now Mandatory


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:

Residents are expected to use the organics cart for all plant debris, food wastes and food soiled papers. If you do not have an organics or recycling cart, contact your waste collection service company as it is may already be included in your service fee, depending on the city of where you receive service.

Countertop food scrap pails for easy separation of food wastes and food soiled papers are available at your city’s service counter.



Do not use plastic bags in the organics cart, or for any organic material. Compostable bags of any brand are allowed in the organics carts, but they must be ASTM D6400 or Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) approved.

All other compostable plastics (cups/cutlery) are not allowed in the organics program and should be placed in your trash cart.




NOTE: Non-compostable or non-recyclable materials placed into your curbside carts may cause your cart to be left un-serviced and an additional call-back fee may apply.


Who to contact for collection service:

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


What goes in each cart/bin (click on image):




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