SB 1383: How Businesses Must Comply

Under California law SB 1383, all businesses and non-profit organizations are required to either:

  • Subscribe to and participate in their jurisdiction’s organics curbside collection service OR
  • Self-haul organic waste to a specified composting facility, community composting program, other collection activity or program.

My business sells food, what are the additional requirements?

Businesses that generate excess edible food must contract with a food recovery organization to donate it. By the dates listed below, these entities must:

  • Recover the maximum amount possible of surplus edible food generated
  • Partner with one or more food recovery organizations (see below) or services to pick up or receive your surplus edible food
  • Have a written contract or agreement with the food recovery organization(s) or service(s). See the model edible food recovery agreement on the CalRecycle website.
  • Track and maintain records of food recovered each month including type, frequency of collection and amounts in pounds.

Food Recovery Organizations

Businesses may contract with the following food recovery organizations to be in compliance with SB 1383 (list subject to additions/change):


Donation type

SF-Marin Food Bank

Large volume donations


Prepared foods, smaller volume


Prepared foods, smaller volume

Open Door Ministries

Prepared foods, smaller volume


Prepared foods, smaller volume

Ritter Center

Prepared foods, smaller volume

Salvation Army

Prepared foods, smaller volume


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