Commercial Organics Recycling
Every city and county in California is currently required to divert 50% of their waste from going to the landfill. In the past several years, California has passed organics recycling laws, to help reduce waste and gas emissions, and to help meet the new 75% diversion goal. Read below to get familiar with organics recycling and find out what new laws might apply to your business or multifamily property.
What is Organic Waste?
Organic waste means food scraps, food-soiled paper waste, yard trimmings, and nonhazardous wood waste. These items make up approximately 30% of California’s waste and release greenhouse gases when they decompose in landfills. Instead, these organic materials can be recycled and used to make compost or mulch when taken to a compost facility.
SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP)
Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reduction
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy, including methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills that contribute to global climate change.
SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.
Beginning January 1, 2022, organics recycling will be mandatory for all residents, businesses, and multifamily properties throughout Woodland. Under SB 1383, organic waste also includes fiber materials such as paper and cardboard, which means separate recycling services will also be required for all entities.
According to studies, 1 in 5 Californians are food-insecure. The food recovery requirement of SB 1383 aims to reduce edible food sent to landfills and redirect it to those that need it most. Businesses that generate edible food will need to contract with edible food recovery organizations to donate edible food and keep records of donated food.
Food generating businesses will be required to donate edible food by the schedule listed below depending on whether they fall under the Tier 1 or Tier 2 category:
- January 1, 2022: Tier 1 Food Generators
Includes wholesale food vendors, food service providers, food distributors, large grocery stores and supermarkets
- January 1, 2024: Tier 2 Food Generators
Includes large hotels, health facilities, restaurants, state agency cafeterias, and local education agencies
Resources for Commercial Organics Recycling
Make organics recycling successful at your business through these printable flyers:
- Commercial Organics Recycling Best Practices and Tips (PDF)
- Organics Flyer (PDF)- Graphic flyer of items accepted in organics (green waste) carts/bins
- Recycle Flyer (PDF)- Graphic flyer of items accepted in recycling carts/bins
- Local Composting Facilities List- Facilities where green waste can be self-hauled to meet AB 1826 requirements
- Waste Wizard - Search for any item to see how to recycle or compost it in Woodland! *The Collection Calendar is for single-family, residential properties only.
City of Woodland and Waste Management staff is here to help make organics recycling successful at your business. Site visits, training, and other resources are available.
If your business meets these thresholds and would like more information, or would like to arrange for organics recycling services, please contact the following:
- Waste Management: 530-662-8748
- City of Woodland Recycling Program: 530-661-2063