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Senate Bill 1383
California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy Effective January 1, 2022

Senate Bill 1383
CA with green recycling arrowsFor more information regarding Senate Bill 1383, please visit: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp

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.

California is implementing statewide organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery. Starting in January 2022:

hands with globeReducing organic waste in landfills = equals less methane. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste in landfills emits methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Compost Helps the Environment!

Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 30 percent of what we throw away and could be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.


composting is smart

Mixing compost into your soil!
  • adds valuable nutrients to your soil, acting as a natural slow – release fertilizer for plants and microbes.
  • reduces the need for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
  • enriches soil and promotes healthy plant growth (more fruit and vegetables—tastier, too!)
  • helps to regulate and neutralize the acid and alkaline levels in you soil.
  • saves water: nutrient rich soil requires less irrigation.
  • healthy root growth in you garden means less erosion.
  • plants grown in compost-amended soil tend to be more resilient to diseases, pests, and fungi.
Do your part. Keep the green stream clean.

Only place items that were once alive into the Organics collection containers. The material is taken to a facility to create compost.

proper sorting of organic materials

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