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Short-Lived Climate
Pollutant Reduction Strategy

What You Need To Know

What is SB 1383?

The State of California passed SB 1383 in 2016 to reduce methane and other greenhouse gas emissions statewide. Landfills are a major source of such gases. Half of the materials dumped in the state’s landfills are organic waste. Excess food, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard which generate greenhouse gases as they break down. The provisions of SB 1383 aim to reduce such waste and their emissions. California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), a California Environmental Protection Agency department, is the lead agency responsible for implementation.

At the local level, jurisdictions such as cities, counties, and special districts are responsible for enforcing compliance with state requirements.

When Does SB 1383 Go Into Effect?

What Does SB 1383 Do?

SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) such as methane gas. CalRecycle’s role is to decrease the amount of organic waste sent to landfills, where it releases SLCP into the atmosphere. The final regulations for SB 1383 can be found here.

Local jurisdictions are required to adopt ordinances, franchise requirements, or other rules to mandate compliance with SB 1383. They can impose penalties up to $500 per violation. Jurisdictions also can revoke, suspend, or deny permits, registrations, or licenses for noncompliance. In turn, CalRecycle can impose penalties of up to $10,000 per violation per day on jurisdictions that fail to comply, depending on the severity of the noncompliance.

Who Does SB 1383 Apply to?

  • Local jurisdictions are required to provide organic waste collection services. 
  • Organic waste facilities must measure and report how much organic waste material they recycle.
  • Other requirements apply to landfills, waste transfer/processing facilities, and solid waste facilities.
  • Residential and business customers must subscribe to such services. Commercial customers are categorized into two tiers.

*Tier 1 Commercial Edible Food Generators:

  • Food distributors
  • Wholesale food vendors
  • Foodservice providers such as restaurants
  • Grocery stores and supermarkets.

**Tier 2 Commercial Edible Food Generators:

  • Hotels with at least 200 rooms and an onsite food facility
  • State agency cafeterias (5,000 square feet or larger, or seating more than 250) 
  • Healthcare facilities with an onsite food facility and more than 100 beds 
  • Large venues and events, which will need to donate edible surplus food to food recovery organizations.

Why is California Doing This?

Senate Bill 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) passed in 2016 as part of California’s larger strategy to combat climate change.

Organic waste such as excess food, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. When these materials break down, they emit powerful greenhouse gases and pollutants. SB 1383 is intended to reduce these short-lived climate pollutants.

How Will SB 1383 Impact Businesses?

Recycling and waste reduction are a priority in the State of California. All businesses that fall under AB 1826 will need to comply with SB 1383. That includes sorting organic waste, including food waste, onsite for collection and recycling. Excess food that is edible and can be recovered will need to be given to food recovery programs.

Learn more about food donations at

For more information about SB 1383, go to

Organics AB 1826 Brochure

Recycling Brochure

AB 1826 Brochure

Organic Recycling FAQ

AB 1826 FAQ

Organics AB 1826 FAQ