California’s largest solid waste regulation in decades went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, aiming to reduce organics going to landfill by 75 percent by 2025. The move is a critical step: when organic matter rots in landfills it creates harmful methane emissions that contribute to climate change and threaten the health of our communities.
Under the law:
- All compostable materials like food, paper, and yard waste must be sorted and collected for composting,
- Recyclables must be sorted and kept out of landfills,
- Food generating businesses must recover edible food that would otherwise be disposed and donate it to feed people.
In Alameda County, SB 1383 regulations will be implemented under the Organics Reduction & Recycling Ordinance through a partnership among Alameda County jurisdictions, garbage service providers, StopWaste, and the Alameda County Environmental Health Departments. We're working closely with our jurisdictions to help them comply with the law through outreach and education, compost procurement, food recovery and donation assistance, and more.