Senate Bill 1383: Organic Waste reduction requirements
Read about SB 1383 here, and check back for more info as we work to implement these requirements for our Ridgecrest Community! (Updated 8/2022)
Senate Bill 1383: Reducing Short-lived Climate Pollutants in California, Organic Waste Reduction requirements are:
The most basic element of this regulation is requiring jurisdictions to provide an organic waste collection service that meets the regulatory requirements to each of their residents and businesses. This means a third brown "Organics" bin will be added.
|- Landfilling organics produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change in CA with both environmental and economic impacts. [ex: billions spent on wildfire management; drought cost $2.7 billion loss in agriculture industry]|
- Recovering edible food from the waste stream helps to feed the millions of Californians that are food insecure
- Redirecting perfectly edible food that is currently being disposed of, to instead feed those in need, will help alleviate this problem.
WHAT IS FOOD RECOVERY?
The law directs the following:
COLLECTION FREQUENCY PROPOSAL
SB 619: NOTICE OF INTENT TO COMPLY (NOIC)
LOCAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
Waste Management Newsletter:
Where to Take Recyclables
Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris
Tips to Manage C&D Material at the Job Site
Sb1383 Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning in January 2023, collection services will include the following:
Green lids = organics (food scraps, yard waste, food-soiled paper
Blue lids = recycling (plastics, aluminum, cardboard, paper, etc.)
Grey/Black lids = trash (everything else besides hazardous materials)
For more detailed information on sorting requirements, click HERE
No - Recycling and organic materials are separated from the solid waste that is landfilled.
Recycling is transferred to Pearson's recycling.
Organics will be transferred to Mt. Vernon composting facility.
By reducing the amount of material that is landfilled, the life of the landfill is extended (prolonging the need for an expensive new landfill) and there are various environmental benefits including better water quality and a reduction in the potent greenhouse gas methane.
- I already have other ways to dispose of organic materials (i.e. landscaping service, self-haul, at-home composting, garbage disposal) - why am I required to use this service?
As of January 2022, CA regulations require that jurisdictions provide organic waste collection services to ALL single-family and multifamily residences of all sizes and businesses that generate organic waste. Alternative means of disposal will be allowed to supplement collection, however, per SB 1383 regulations, the jurisdiction must provide collection service to organic waste generators automatically.
- I don't generate enough organic waste for collection to justify the need for a third bin, why isn't there a way to opt out of service?
A commercial business may be eligible for a waiver (de minimis, space constraint) if specific criteria are met per SB 1383 regulations. Unfortunately, CalRecycle does not allow jurisdictions to issue residential waivers. All residents within City limits will be required to subscribe to trash services (including organics) beginning in January 2023.
In addition to collection services for organics/recycling/trash, WM provides the following services for residential customers at no additional charge: bulky item collection for residents including multi-family properties (3 times per year); sharps mail-back program; holiday tree collection; and household hazardous waste collection at the Kern County Special Waste Facility – Ridgecrest landfill (2nd and 4th Saturday of the month).
For residential customers the cost will be dependent on the size of the trash container – a smaller bin is available at a lower cost for those that do not generate large quantities of waste (i.e. senior citizens, one-person households, etc.). An additional recycling and/or organics bin can be requested free of charge. See the table below for more information regarding residential rates.
These rates went into effect in July 2022 and cover the cost of the materials that WM will be procuring (i.e. bins, carts, trucks) to prepare for the new collection program in January 2023.
The intention of implementing rates now is to gradually introduce the needed rate increase in 2022 instead of one lump increase in January 2023 when collection begins. The next rate adjustment will be considered in July 2023, as usual.
In an effort to reduce rates to customers, the City negotiated a bi-weekly collection frequency schedule with our Local Enforcement Agency to allow solid waste and recycling to be collected every other week with the implementation of weekly organics collection. This reduced the proposed rate increase to residential customers by 20%. Furthermore, the City worked with WM to develop a cart transition schedule to re-lid existing carts for color compliance rather than replacing existing inventory for additional savings. Although there is not a specific “senior discount” for trash service in Ridgecrest, WM offers an option for a 35-gallon cart service at a reduced rate for those that do not generate a significant amount of waste. WM offers ‘on-property service’ free of charge for seniors/disabled residents.
- What's the deal with the new bi-weekly collection frequency? Isn't the organic material collection going to create public health concerns (i.e. odors, pests, etc.)?
The City worked with WM and the Local Enforcement Agency to address any potential health hazards that may arise from a bi-weekly collection of solid waste. The majority of putrescible waste will be collected as 'organic' material on the same weekly frequency as current solid waste collection. The City also gained approval from Kern County Public Works to accept compostable bags in the organic bins to help reduce lingering odors/residue from food waste. For those that may have above-average volumes of solid waste - additional bins are available from WM. For residents that generate large quantities of diapers or pet waste, a twelve-month pilot program will be implemented to provide an additional drop-off facility for these materials. This program will include a diaper drop-off bin located at WM’s corporation yard to collect nuisance non-organic solid waste in conjunction with the every-other-week solid waste and recyclable materials collection.
The City is working with Kern County Public Works to arrange procurement of organic material in the form of compost that will be made available to residents through free compost giveaway events. More information to follow.
Beginning in January 2022 the City would be fined by CalRecycle for every violation under SB 1383 (and there are a lot of regulations). This is why the City filed for the Notice of Intent to Comply - to allow more time to educate citizens and implement the program before fines are incurred.
Yes - for those outside City jurisdiction, Kern County Public Works is responsible for implementing programs to comply with SB 1383. For more information, contact Christine Williamson at email@example.com.
WM will identify non-compliant entities and provide education regarding the violations. If the violations are not corrected, the City will begin enforcing the regulations and start assessing fines/fees for non-compliance beginning in January 2024.
For policy questions, contact Megan McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. For logistical questions, contact WM representative Ashley Sparks at email@example.com.