Residential Food Waste

Food Waste Services Coming in 2023

The State of California has implemented its new organic waste recycling requirements, in accordance with the statewide mandate, Senate Bill 1383. 

 

Residential organic waste recycling (food scraps and yard waste) is anticipated to begin at the beginning of 2023 for most Cal-Waste residential customers

 

Currently, there are no changes to residential collection and how you should sort your waste at your place of residence.  When your city, county, or special district begins the collection of food waste and yard waste in a comingled container, Cal-Waste will provide complete information regarding the details of the new program.  Residential customers of Cal-Waste can expect to change their waste sorting habits so that any and all food scraps no longer go into their Trash Cart.  Instead the food scraps will be placed in the Green Waste Cart.

Senate Bill 1383 – Short Lived Climate Pollutants

California passed Senate Bill 1383 in 2016 that set reduction targets for methane emissions 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.

 

The state has assessed that landfills are the third largest source of methane.  According to CalRecycle, the state’s enforcement agency for solid waste, 20% of the state’s methane emissions come from landfills.  Organic materials like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills.

 

Senate Bill 1383 states that starting in 2022, all jurisdictions need to provide organic waste collection services to all businesses.