Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), establishing targets to achieve a 75 percent reduction of the disposal of organic waste in California by 2025.  This mandate launches a statewide effort to reduce methane emissions created in landfills when organic waste naturally decomposes.

In accordance with this law, all local jurisdictions must provide recycling and organics/food waste collection services for all single-family residential properties, and all multi-family complexes and businesses are required to subscribe to a recycling and organics recycling collection service with their hauler by January 1, 2022.  This will help divert organic materials from landfills, including both food waste and other green waste, such as yard trimmings.

In addition, cities must facilitate a food rescue program that creates a 20% increase in the recovery of currently disposed edible food from large food generators, including grocery stores, wholesale distributors, and restaurants.

In July 2022, the City of Riverside will launch the Food Waste Diversion Program where all residences will be required to separate food waste from other trash and non-organic recyclables.  Additional details will be provided to all Riverside residents in the spring of 2022.


Additional information about SB 1383 is available is available on the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) website at