In September 2016, California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) was passed to target the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane emissions, by diverting organics from landfills. This statewide effort to achieve a 75% reduction in organic waste disposal and rescue at least 20% of currently disposed surplus food took effect in January 2022.
As a result of SB 1383, residents across California will see changes to the way organic waste is disposed of and recycled. The bill requires all residents and businesses to separate organic waste from traditional waste into a separate bin. For La Cañada Flintridge residents, this bin has been provided by their trash hauler.
“We appreciate our community’s understanding and cooperation throughout this transitional period,” said Mayor Keith Eich. “It’s vital that we play our part in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the improvement of California’s food insecurity issues by advancing California’s waste stream.”
Organic waste consists of food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. For more information on organic waste recycling, visit CalRecycle’s Organic Materials Management webpage.