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As part of the fight against climate change, California is working to reduce organic waste in landfills. Decomposing organic waste is a major generator of greenhouse gases. SB 1383, the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Act, requires a 75 % reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste by 2025. We can all do our part to reduce the amount of organic waste that ends up in landfills. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 18% of total landfill disposal. Consider composting in your own backyard, reducing the amount of food you throw away, and donating unwanted edible food to a local food bank or food program.
Currently, businesses and multi-family dwellings with 5 or more units that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services.
Beginning Fall 2021, all residents, businesses and multi-family dwellings will be required to join in the effort. Per State law, the City will adopt an Organics Ordinance that will implement a 3-container collection system for trash, recycling, and organics. There will be a short presentation on the topic at the City Council meeting on June 22.
You can learn more about these laws at CalRecycle.ca.gov and contact EDCO at 562-597-0608 for more information.