Proper sorting of disposed materials at your home or business has never been more important, as we come to understand the climate impact of the materials that we throw away. Organic waste, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard, makes up 50 percent of what Californians send to landfills. This landfilled organic material emits 20 percent of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
SB 1383 is a new State law that establishes statewide targets and local requirements to dramatically reduce the amount of organic waste disposed in landfills. The law also sets a statewide goal to recover at least 20 percent of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that surplus food to people in need.
You can find out how your jurisdiction is implementing SB 1383, and how to recycle right in your neighborhood, by visiting your city’s website.