What is SB1383?

Senate Bill 1383 is California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy
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). Click here for more information about SB 1383.

Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste in landfills emits:

  • 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions like asthma.
    By reducing the landfilling of food and yard waste, we can help decrease the amount of greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate pollutants.

Properly managing organic waste will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. In response, California is implementing statewide organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery.

SB 1383’s goals are to:

  • 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.

How does SB 1383 affect me?

California is requiring organic materials (such as food scraps) be diverted away from landfills & surplus food be redirected to hungry people.

How can you comply? Starting January 1, 2022: All residents and businesses at Stanford will need to have compost/organic waste collection services. Some food service businesses must donate edible food (that would otherwise go to landfills) to food recovery organizations. Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people in need. This is the highest and best use for food that would otherwise go to waste. Feeding hungry people through food recovery is the best use for surplus food and a vital way for California to conserve resources and reduce waste thrown in landfills.

To find out if you are required to donate excess edible food, visit: www.sccfoodrecovery.org.

Here are links to more food recovery information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to participate in an organics recycling program?

Yes! All residents and businesses must have an organics recycling and recovery program in place for state regulation compliance.

I am a single-family resident with compost collection in place, am I compliant?

Yes! If you are a resident in the Stanford community, you already have the tools (Handy Kitchen Pail and your green Compost collection cart) for proper sorting and compliance! Click here for info about the compost collection program.

What happens if I don’t comply?

Non-compliance by the jurisdiction will result in penalties and fines issued to Stanford by the State. This will result in higher costs for services. Proper sorting does make a difference. Together we can all help with compliance!

Can I get help training my staff and tenants on proper sorting?


  • Visit your business/complex to conduct waste assessments.
  • Make service suggestions.
  • Help train employees and/or tenants.
  • Provide posters, service guides and internal collection containers.

My landscaper off hauls my organic material. Am I compliant?

  • The State requires businesses to provide written documentation (link to landscaper form on forms page) from the landscaper that the material is being hauled to a facility that composts it for AB1826 compliance. (FYI – The PSSI compost collection program takes the material to a qualifying facility)
  • For more information about the requirement, click here. (Section B-Business; question 48)
  • Starting in January, 2022, All businesses and residents will need to have an compost/organics collection program in place for compliance with SB 1383.