Senate Bill 1383 aims to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions, including methane from organic waste. It sets goals to reduce the amount of organics sent to landfills, which includes the reduction in the amount of still edible food that has traditionally been sent to landfills.
It mandates that by 2025 the state must recover 20 percent of edible food that would have otherwise gone to landfills and redirect that food to those who need it. The City is working closely with El Dorado County and community partners to comply with this regulation. It requires that food donors donate the maximum amount of still fresh food that they would have sent to landfills prior to this mandate. The City is required to have a food recovery program and is at the beginning stages of development of the program.
In the fall of 2022, El Dorado County emailed Tier 1 commercial edible food generators to notify them of the requirements of this new state law, effective January 1, 2022. See the notification letter in 'Related Documents' below.
Tier 2 Edible Food Generators will receive a notification letter after the law becomes effective January 1, 2023.
For those seeking additional information about compliance, please see the El Dorado County Environmental Management webpage