Mandatory Organics Recycling

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Coming Soon: SB 1383 and Comprehensive Organics Recycling

To comply with State law, Del Mar must offer programs for residents and businesses to recycle yard trimmings and food scraps — known collectively as organic waste. As part of a new franchise agreement set to begin in June 2022, the City is preparing to launch comprehensive organics recycling. The program will bring Del Mar into compliance with SB 1383, the law that lays the groundwork for California's "Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy."

Open the Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy webpage

Related Recycling Laws: AB 1826 and AB 827

To reduce greenhouse gases created by organic waste, California's law for mandatory commercial recycling, AB 1826, requires businesses  and multifamily properties of five or more units to recycle organic waste. The City of Del Mar, in conjunction with Waste Management, provides outreach, education and monitoring for businesses and complexes affected by this legislation. 

AB 1826 defines a business as a commercial or public entity, including but not limited to a firm, partnership, proprietorship, joint stock company, corporation, association that is organized as a for-profit or nonprofit entity, strip mall, industrial facility, school, school district, university, community college, special district or a federal, state, local, regional agency, or a multifamily residential dwelling of five or more units. That means any business or multifamily complex that generates two or more cubic yards of organic waste per week must have an organics diversion program in place. 

Any business that generates two cubic yards of solid waste — including trash, organic waste, and recyclables — per week must have an organics diversion program in place.

Some businesses regulated by AB 1826 also must comply with AB 827, which sets requirements for on-site recycling containers and educational signage. AB 827 is required specifically at businesses that offer products for immediate consumption. 

Open the How to Fulfill AB 1826 Requirements webpage

Open CalRecycle's Education and Outreach Toolkit

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Source: CalRecycle

Fighting Climate Change by Recycling Organic Waste*

In September 2016, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. set methane emissions reduction targets for California (SB 1383 Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). The targets must:

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025.
  • Rescue for people to eat at least 20% of currently disposed surplus food by 2025.

Landfills Are Third Largest Source of Methane in California*

Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Reducing Short-Lived Climate Super Pollutants like organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. Organic waste in landfills emits:

  • 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma.

SB 1383 Regulations*

Collection and Recycling 

girl raking leavesStarting in 2022, all jurisdictions will to need to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses and recycle these organic materials using recycling facilities such as anaerobic digestion facilities that create biofuel and electricity or composting facilities that make soil amendments

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Procurement Requirements: Using Recycled Organics Products

man at nurseryAs California collects and recycles organic materials, local governments will be required to use the products made from this recycled organic material, such as renewable energy, compost, and mulch.

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Food Recovery

family with produceStarting in 2022, some food service businesses must donate edible food to food recovery organizations with others starting in 2024. This will help feed the almost 1 in 4 Californians without enough to eat. California has a 2025 goal to redirect to people in need 20% of edible food currently thrown away.

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* Source: CalRecycle