By now, you may have heard about SB 1383. Here’s what you need to know:
What is it?
In 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown announced gas emission reduction targets that aim to reduce the amount of methane produced and provide more food security through Senate Bill 1383.
Organic waste (green waste and food waste) is considered a “short-lived climate pollutant,” and is one of the largest contributors to methane levels, producing 20% of the state’s methane gas. In addition to having negative effects on the climate, methane also decreases air quality, putting those with health conditions at higher risk.
On January 1, 2022, regulations for SB 1383 went into effect, calling cities to provide waste management options for residents to properly dispose of their organic waste so it can be composted. The law also requires 20% of edible food that was previously being disposed in landfills to be saved for consumption. The requirements of the bill affect businesses, schools and residential communities.
How does it affect my community?
Apartment and HOA communities will be directly affected by the bill’s waste management requirements. Each city is responsible for implementing a plan to provide organic waste disposal options. Your community will need to be compliant with your city-specific plan.
How do I ensure my community is compliant?
Your trash hauler is working with the city to offer the organic disposal options. The best way to ensure your community is equipped for compliance is to contact your hauler to find out your options or make sure you have a vendor who will contact them for you.
When do penalties take effect?
SB 1383 regulations allow jurisdictions to have up to three years to reach compliance. And based on our experience, many cities understand that change takes time. Cities are unlikely to enact heavy penalties for the near future. So, your community probably has some time to implement the right waste management tools.
To be safe, we recommend reaching out to your trash management team or trash hauler to find out what changes you can make. This way, you’ll be prepared and won’t have to stress about any future compliance fees.
For more information:
California Legislative Information: SB-1383 Short-lived climate pollutants
CalRecycle: California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy