SB 1383 is a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). When compostable materials such as food scraps and other organic materials get landfilled, they create greenhouse gas emissions. Compostable materials, such as food waste and paper products, decompose without oxygen in a landfill creating methane. Specifically, the law sets the following targets:
Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 50% by January 1, 2020
Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste by 75% by January 1, 2025
Recover a minimum of 20% edible food safe for human consumption, which is currently being disposed of, by 2025
CalRecycle is the state agency responsible for creating the regulatory standards for SB 1383. The purpose of the law is to reduce greenhouse gases and build upon California's efforts to reduce air pollution statewide. For more information, visit the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) page here. You may also view the a brochure regarding SB 1383 requirements in English or Spanish by clicking the links below.