SB1383 – Business

Did you know that organic waste makes up most of the landfilled material in California?

Effective January 1, 2022, the State’s new state law makes it mandatory for all business to recycle their organics weekly.

What is Senate Bill (SB 1383)

The State has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving human health, and creating clean jobs that support resilient local economies. Implementing the statewide plan under SB 1383 will reduce short-lived, harmful super pollutants with significant warming impacts and is essential to achieving California’s climate goals.

Organic waste, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard, is half what Californians send to landfills. Organic waste in landfills emits 20% of the State’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

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How a Business can comply

This law expands upon the goals of AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling and AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics.

However, SB 1383 is unique, and unlike previous laws, there are significant penalties for non-compliance.

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California’s new organics recycling mandate: Senate Bill (1383) requires businesses to divert their organics material from going to the landfill and, sometimes, redirect editable food. SB 1383 statewide goal is to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% reduction by 2025). It also aims to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed of editable food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.

Compliance is easy and we’re here to help!

Contact our Outreach Team for a consultation and we will take care of the rest!

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Oakley, Rio Vista and County Area

Abigail Morales

Abigail Morales

Concord Area

Raquel Marquez Corral

Raquel Marquez Corral

Pittsburg Area

Guides and Resources

Guides and Outreach

Find tools tailored to help you educate proper sorting and increase diversion. Download our latest newsletter, guides, and container signage. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What material is recyclable in the organics program?

Meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, rice, grains, plate scrapings, food-soiled paper, grass, leaves, small branches, shrubbery, plants, weeds, and garden trimmings. Please refer to our What Goes Where? for the complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

Who made this mandatory?

The State of California. All jurisdictions MUST comply with this law. Enforcement includes fines, which are required per the mandate.  

Does the state law apply the "Good Faith Effort" when determining compliance like other state laws?

Unfortunately, no. SB 1383 mandates organics waste recycling and has clear diversion targets on a relatively short timeline.

Is there an additional charge for this program?

Yes, there is an additional charge for this program. Please get in touch with our office; we will happily adjust your service so that you are compliant.

Will MDRR provide a container?

Yes, we will provide the outside collections container.

Is there a way to be exempt from SB 1383?

Yes! Depending on the amount of waste you generate or your space constraints. Please note: this will be reviewed according to the State of California’s guidelines.

Waste Generation: You may qualify for an exemption if you have 2 yards or more combined (garbage + recycling) material and produce less than 20 gallons of organics per week. Or you produce less than 2 yards of combined (garbage + recycling) and less than 10 gallons of organic material per week.

Space Constraints: There are a few options for you. We can set you up for a smaller garbage receptacle since you will divert organic material from the container. We can also send out some from our team to look at placement options to help you.

Contact our office! We are here to help and will walk you through to ensure you meet the exemption criteria.

Additional SB 1383 Resources

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