SB 1383


In September 2016, Senate Bill (SB) 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) set methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). This requires jurisdictions to implement mandatory organic waste collection and recycling in a statewide effort to divert organic waste from landfills with goals to: ​ 

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025 

  • Recover at least 20% of currently disposed surplus edible food by 2025 


  • Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians throw away in landfills.  

  • Organic waste can be recycled through various methods of composting, such as vermi-composting and windrow composting,  to create a nutrient rich soil.

  • Diverting organic material, as well as other recyclable materials, from landfills is key in preserving landfill capacity.


Organic waste is recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy. In an effort to achieve California's recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals, the State has enacted Mandatory Organics Recycling regulations. 


Self-Haulers that are commercial businesses, including landscapers, are required to maintain certain records if they comply with the organic waste collection service requirement by self-hauling their generated organic waste. CalRecycle developed the Recordkeeping Tool for Self-haulers to assist self-haulers in meeting the recordkeeping requirements.

Landscapers can also CLICK HERE to learn how to properly handle greenwaste material. 

Organics Recycling Facilities

For a list of recycling facilities located in Orange County, CLICK HERE.


SB 1383 Elements




Existing state law and regulations already require jurisdictions to adopt in their municipal code and enforce the California Green Building Standards Code (CCR, Title 24, Part 11 - CALGreen) and the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (CCR, Title 23, Division 2, Chapter 2.7 - MWELO). 

By January 1, 2022, jurisdictions are to specifically adopt an ordinance or other enforceable measure that requires compliance with specific sections of CALGreen and MWELO. This will support California’s efforts to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants.


OCWR Construction & Demolition (C&D) Program


MWELO Ordinance Requirements


Collection & Processing

Organic waste, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard, make up half of what Californians send to landfills. Starting in 2022, all jurisdictions will to need to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses and recycle these organic materials. Learn more about what  and how to recycle with the OC  Recycle Guide.   

Collection FAQs

CalRecycle Collection Info 

CalRecycle Hauler Info 

City Recycling Coordinators Contacts

Haulers by City Commercial 

Haulers by City Residential 

OC Landfills 

OC Recycle Guide A-Z 

OC Recycle Quick Guide 


Compliance & Monitoring

Orange County businesses and public entities may be subject to one or more statewide recycling requirements based on the types and amounts of waste generated. Check the  definitions and  requirements to determine if  your business  or organization  issubject to  regulations  and how  to  best  meet  compliance for AB 341,  AB 1826, AB 827, and SB 1383. 

Enforcement FAQs

Business Compliance  

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling 

CalRecycle Department Approved Waivers 

Education & Outreach

SB 1383 regulations require that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organics recycling to all residents, businesses (including those that generate edible food that can be donated) haulers, solid waste facilities, and local food banks and other food recovery organizations.   

Visit OCWR’s education hub to  learn more about waste and recycling practices and programs offered to OC residents.

CalRecycle Education & Outreach  

Education/Outreach Tool Kit

OCWR Education Hub 

Edible Food Recovery

Starting in 2022, some food service businesses must donate edible food to food recovery organizations with others starting in 2024. This will help feed the almost 1 in 4 Californians without enough to eat.  See if your  business is identified as a Tier One or  Tier two commercial edible food  generator and if this regulation applies  to you. 

CalRecycle Food Recovery Info 

Edible Food Recovery FAQs

Managing Food Scraps 

Tier One and Tier Two Generators 

Sample Tier 1 Notification

Sample Tier 2 Notification

CalRecycle Model Edible Food Recovery Agreement

Food Recovery Organizations

SB 1383 links food service businesses with food recovery organizations to get donated food to Californians in need. Connect with organizations serving  Orange County: 

Ample Harvest 

Abound Food Care 

Chow match 

Find Food Pantries 


Food Finders 

Food Forward 

OC Food Bank 

Second Harvest 


Waste No Food 


Food Recovery Organization Reporting Requirement Notice

CalRecycle Food Recovery Services 

California Food Banks 

FAQs About Food Recovery Organizations

OC Food Recovery Information 


The SB 1383 regulations set forth a variety of programmatic and policy-related requirements for jurisdictions, generators, and other entities to support the Statewide goals of SB 1383.  This Guidance supports the use of the Model Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance (Model). The Model was created recognizing that jurisdictions throughout the State are required by SB 1383 regulations to adopt an ordinance or other similarly enforceable mechanism by January 1, 2022, to mandate that organic waste generators, haulers, and other entities subject to the requirements of SB 1383 regulations and subject to the jurisdiction’s authority, comply with SB 1383 regulatory requirements. CalRecycle supports establishment of enforceable SB 1383-related requirements for organic waste generators, haulers, and other entities subject to the jurisdiction’s authority. It also provides a tool for jurisdictions to regulate those entities’ compliance with SB 1383 regulations.   

OCWR Unincorporated SB 1383 Ordinance

Beginning January 1, 2022, SB 1383 requires cities and counties to procure annually a quantity of recovered organic waste products. These procurement requirements will strengthen California’s green, self-sustaining economy. Demand for these products will drive infrastructure investment and create new green collar jobs in the state. 

SB 1383 Procurement Webpage

Procurement FAQs

If interested in procurement of compost from County landfills, please contact the OCWR main line at 714-834-4000.

CalRecycle Notification of Jurisdictional Procurement Targets

Record Keeping

Regulated entities, including local governments and businesses, have unique responsibilities under SB 1383 and are required to maintain records that demonstrate how they are complying with the law. These records will assist regulated entities with submitting reports required by local and state agencies and preparing for compliance inspections required by local and state agencies.

  1. Implementation Record
  2. Implementation Performance Based Record

Record Keeping Requirements

Model Implementation Record Tool

Model Performance-Based Implementation Record Tool


CalRecycle has compiled frequently asked questions (FAQ) about statewide implementation of California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Reduction Strategy. To submit a new question, please email: 

Capacity Planning

Capacity planning is vital to help jurisdictions meet SB 1383 mandates. Infrastructure takes time to develop. Jurisdictions should start evaluating their capacity for managing organics, including edible food recovery and organic waste well before January 2022. 

Capacity planning resources for edible food recovery:Guidance on how to identify Tier 1 and 2 generators, capacity calculator to help estimate capacity, food recovery organization survey template, tools, and more. 

Capacity planning resources for  organic waste recycling:  Guidance on planning requirements, organic waste recycling capacity planning calculator, FAQs, and more. 

Capacity Planning for Food Recovery 

Edible Food Recovery Tool

Estimating Factors for Edible Food Disposed by Commercial Edible Food Generators

Capacity Planning for Organic Waste  


For additional information, including whether your business is considered a Tier 1 or Tier 2 generator, email

For comments, questions or complaints related to SB 1383, please use the OCWR Neighbor Support Portal by CLICKING HERE.