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What is SB 1383?
In September 2016, Senate Bill 1383 was signed into law, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce short-lived climate pollutants in various sectors of California's economy. This law establishes targets to achieve a 75 percent reduction in the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2025. The law grants CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets. To reduce unnecessary food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025, the state of California will recover and redistribute 20 percent of edible food that would have otherwise be sent to landfills.
In 2021, Solano County established the Organics Waste Reduction Program through Ordinance No. 2021-1825.
As of January 2022, Tier 1 Food Generators are required to recover the maximum amount of edible food and maintain recovery records. As of January 2024, Tier 2 Food Generators will be required to do the same.
Edible Food Recovery
Food Generators are businesses and agencies meeting the following criteria:
Food generators must establish written contracts with all Food Recovery Organizations and Services utilized. The contracts will describe how often food is delivered or picked up by the Organization or Service, the type of food collected and many other aspects that are specific for each organization and service. Food Generators must keep accurate records of the amount of food in pounds that is recovered and information about each Food Recovery Organization or Service such as address, contact person, and contact information. Once identified as a Food Generator, businesses must recover the most edible food possible that would be otherwise sent to a landfill. Generators shall not purposely spoil food to avoid food recovery requirements.
Edible Food Recovery Resources
Find a Match
Solano County maintains a list of edible food recovery organizations and services serving the Solano County area. Edible food generators and community donors can use this list to find a good match for their edible food. Many food recovery organizations rely on transportation services like MealConnect, a free app designed to connect food donors with appropriate food receivers. To start the donation process, visit mealconnect.org.
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is a great place to start recovering edible food! Many smaller agencies rely on contributions made through the Food Bank's processing center. Donations using the Food Bank and MealConnect will have a positive impact on your local community.
Sign up to donate at:
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano:
2370 N. Watney Way, Fairfield
Thank you to local partners in food recovery!
Food is Free Solano - Fairfield, Vallejo
Faith Food Fridays - Vallejo
Rio Vista Food Pantry - Rio Vista
Saint Mary's Food Locker - Vacaville
Seventh Day Adventist Church - Vallejo
Food Recovery Organizations and Services partnering with Tier 1 and 2 Generators must keep accurate records of all edible food that is received and picked up from Generators. These records must include the name and address of the Generator and the total weight in pounds fo food that is accepted. records must also include the contact person and contact information for each food facility. Food Recovery Services that transport food must also record the location of where food was received and delivered.
Organics Waste Recycling
Residents who have a green waste bin will see no changes as a result of Senate Bill 1383. If you're one of the few households that does not subscribe to curbside garbage and recycling services, please call Solano County Department of Resource Management at 707-784-6765. Most businesses are already SB 1383 compliant and need to keep up their great work. For businesses that are not yet compliant, they will need to implement a green waste program.