Senate Bill 1383 was signed into California law in 2016, establishing statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:
By 2025, reduce the amount of organic material disposed in landfills by 75% from the 2014 level.
By 2025, no less than 20% of edible food currently disposed must also be recovered for human consumption
SB 1383 impacts both residents and businesses, in addition to diverting organic materials from the garbage, it also requires some businesses to donate excess edible food to feed people in need. As the most aggressive waste reduction law to be adopted in California for the past 30 years, SB 1383 includes significant penalties for non-compliance.
DIVERT ORGANIC MATERIAL TO HELP FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
CA SB 1383 is a statewide effort to divert organic materials from reaching our landfill. You can help by composting your organic materials at home or by properly sorting and placing your organic materials in your green bin so these nutrient rich materials can be diverted to a composting facility versus our local landfill. By properly sorting and composting your organic materials we can all do our part to slow climate change!
LANDFILLS ARE THE THIRD LARGEST SOURCE OF METHANE IN CALIFORNIA
Did you know that organic materials, like food scraps, eggshells, bones, leftovers, leaves, unlined food soiled cardboard & paper, etc. make up nearly half of what California’s dump in landfills?
In Santa Rosa 40% of what is thrown in the trash is compostable.
When organic materials such as food and yard materials end up in the landfill, they decompose anaerobically (without oxygen) and produce greenhouse gases (namely methane).
Proper sorting and composting of organic materials can significantly reduces greenhouse gas production. Furthermore, when finished compost is applied on land, greenhouse gases are pulled from the atmosphere and into the soil.
Recycle: Glass bottles, jars, clean paper & cardboard, aluminum, tin, steel, and plastic containers
Compost: Food scraps, bones, plant trimmings, and unlined food soiled paper & cardboard