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Senate Bill 1383 is a statewide organic waste recycling mandate which was passed in 2016 and is intended to divert short-lived climate pollutants from landfills, reducing organic waste, food waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. You can view the legislation text here.
Landfill gas created by decomposing organic waste is a significant source of overall greenhouse gas emissions. This law helps California achieve its aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals and address climate change by reducing materials in the landfill which produce gas.
Despite the state’s robust and traditional recycling infrastructure, organic materials (yard trimmings, food scraps and soiled paper) make up about half of the State’s waste stream, and food waste is the largest single waste stream in California. Redirecting these resources to composting and digesting operations will save landfill space, generate energy, reduce emissions, and restore soils.
The law affects all California residents, including those in single- and multi-family homes, commercial entities, and schools. The City of Citrus Heights is planning to launch its organics recycling program for residents in summer 2022. Education and outreach will be provided to Citrus Heights residents before the anticipated launch.
Residents will dispose of all organic waste in their green waste bin, which is currently only used for yard waste, instead of the garbage bin. Organic waste refers to food waste (including vegetable and fruit scraps, eggshells, meat, dairy, bones, and rotting food), food-soiled paper, (including pizza boxes, coffee filters, and paper napkins) and yard trimmings. Residents who do not currently have a green yard waste cart will be provided a new cart for their organic waste service.
Yes, starting in July 2022, green waste service will be renamed "organic waste" service and will include green waste, food waste, and food soil paper products. Organics carts will be serviced weekly on the same day as trash service.
Yes, when the organics collection starts in July 2022, paper bags may be used to contain food waste inside the organics carts.
As of July 1, 2022 there will be weekly service for organic waste carts (formerly known as green waste carts). In addition, from November through January, residents can place up to 6 bags of leaves out (35 lbs limit) on collection day. Thus, there will effectively be no need for an additional free green waste/organic waste cart. Residents who still wish to have an additional organic waste cart will be charged a $14/month fee.
Although the law takes effect for residential sectors in January 2022, organics recycling services is scheduled to begin for Citrus Heights residential customers in July 2022. Commercial entities and businesses were required to begin their mandatory organic recycling services starting July 1, 2021, or sooner depending on the amount of organic material generated.
Although we are very happy to see residents getting excited about upcoming residential organics recycling, residents cannot currently use their green yard waste cart for food waste. Waste processing facilities have different processing requirements for only green waste versus green waste mixed with organics. At this time, residents should continue placing only green waste in their yard waste cart until notified otherwise.
This is a statewide mandate and there are no exemption waivers granted for individual residents. Business owners seeking a commercial exemption can apply here.
Residents who do not have a green waste cart will not be exempt from SB 1383, as all residents will be required to subscribe to organics collection service in order to comply with the law.
All residents must have an organic waste bin to comply with the law. Multi-family residences (such as apartment complexes) will be provided with bins for their properties. The City and Republic Services will assess space concerns on a case-by-case basis to ensure all properties are in compliance with state regulations.
Under SB 1383, we are unfortunately not able to offer exemptions to customers who compost their food waste or who generate minimal food waste. However, Republic Services will provide free kitchen compost pails to customers before the launch of the new organics collection services, along with compost seminars and providing information about composting.
We do not currently offer the option to self-haul food waste. Residents must be provided with organic waste collection service to comply with SB 1383.
There are no special rates currently offered for this service.
The organic waste will be taken to a composting facility in California to be composted and turned in to soil amendment, which can be used for farming and other agricultural uses.
If you would like information on SB 1383 regulations and statewide resources, you can find it at CalRecycle’s website: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp