In September 2016, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. set methane emissions reduction targets for California (SB 1383 Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). The targets must:
· Reduce organic waste disposal 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025.
· Rescue for people to eat at least 20% of currently disposed surplus food by 2025.
Did you know landfills are the third largest source of methane in California?
Organic waste in landfills emits:
Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills.
Reducing Short-Lived Climate Super Pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.
SB 1383 applies to all residents (single-family homes and apartments/condos) and businesses.
Effective January 2022, all jurisdictions will to need to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses and recycle these organic materials using recycling facilities such as:
City of Pacifica and Recology have been providing residential collection of organics since 2010. Implementation for apartments and other businesses will likely occur by allowing the use of the green yard waste bins for all compostable material, similar to current residential pickup. Currently, 60% of Recology of the Coast’s commercial and multi-family customers have some sort of organic composting service.
Please reach out to Recology of the Coast at (650) 355-9000 if you have any questions or need to obtain an organic waste bin for your home, apartment/condo, or business. Their website can be found here: https://www.recology.com/recology-of-the-coast/pacifica/
To learn more about Senate Bill (SB) 1383 and how you can do your part please visit these helpful links: