What is SB 1383?

Senate Bill 1383 is a state law that became effective in January 2022 that requires local cities and counties to reduce their organic waste going to landfills. Organic waste is yard waste, paper waste, and food waste. As these materials break down in a low-oxygenated landfill they produce the greenhouse gas methane which is 80x more potent than carbon dioxide.


SB 1383 requires that the state: 

  • Reduce organic waste disposal to landfills by 75% by 2025
  • Recover at least 20% of surplus edible food for human consumption by 2025

These two objectives can reduce food insecurity and help combat climate change in California.

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1. What solid waste services changed on July 31, 2023?
2. Why did the organics (green) container schedule change on July 31, 2023?
3. Why did the recycling (blue) container schedule change on July 31, 2023?
4. Did my rate increase on July 31, 2023?
5. What is SB 1383?
6. Why do we need a new container?
7. When will I get the third container for recycling?
8. What happens if I do not separate my waste correctly?
9. How do I know where to put cardboard or paper products?
10. Do I need to have all the containers? Can I just have one or two and pay less?
11. I don’t have space for the Recycling container, I don’t want it
12. I already take my recycling to a Collection Center
13. What happens to waste in each container?
14. Can I self-haul my own waste?
15. Can I share my service with someone else?
16. How to I prevent issues from odor and pests?
17. Can I use compostable bags?
18. Do residents have to donate surplus edible food under the law?
19. Where can I find more information on the law?
20. I have a complaint or issue with my service or the City’s programs. What can I do?
21. What goes in which container?