SB 1383 is a California Senate Bill that was passed in 2016 as a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. Specifically, the law sets the following targets:
The complete text on the final regulations for SB 1383 can be found on the CalRecycle website. CalRecycle is the state agency responsible for creating the regulatory standards for SB 1383.
The purpose of this organics law is to reduce greenhouse gases such as methane, which are created when compostable materials such as food scraps and other organic materials get landfilled and decompose anaerobically (without oxygen). This law builds upon California’s efforts to reduce air pollution statewide.
Additionally, SB 1383 addresses the issue of food waste and insecurity. About 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted, and almost 1 out of 4 Californians are food insecure. The edible food recovery requirement will help feed those who are food insecure and prevent edible food (more compostable material) from being landfilled.
Organic materials (aka organics or organic waste) are solid wastes containing material originated from living organisms and their metabolic waste products. To learn more about what is considered organic waste and/or what to do with your organic waste in Napa County, visit our compost page here.
All residents living in single-family homes are automatically provided curbside compost service. If you do not have compost service, please contact Napa Recycling to set up your service.
If you own a business or multi-family housing complex (of five units or more), you are required to divert organic materials from the landfill by:
Food service businesses (commercial food generators) are currently split into two tiers. Read below to check if your business falls under either tier:
Tier One must comply with edible food recovery requirements by January 1, 2022.
Tier Two must comply with edible food recovery requirements by January 1, 2024.
If your business falls under either tier, you must arrange to recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise go to landfills and maintain records of your compliance. For more information, visit CalRecycle’s page on Food Recovery.