What is SB 1383?

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 into law to keep food and other compostable materials (“organics”) out of landfills in order to reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change.

All California residents and businesses are now required to compost all organic waste. Landfill, recycling, and compostables all need to be sorted correctly.

In addition, this law requires food-producing businesses to donate excess edible food to reduce organic waste.

What are the goals of SB 1383?

  • Reduce organic waste disposal to landfill by 75% by 2025.
  • Rescue 20% of surplus edible food for those who need it by 2025.

Who is affected by this law?

Residents, businesses and organizations are all affected in different ways: