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SB 1383: SHORT-LIVED CLIMATE POLLUTANTS

SB1383 Main Page Introduction

The culprit?  Methane.  Organic material buried in landfills attribute 20% of California’s methane emissions. Methane, a short-lived climate pollutant, leaves the atmosphere quicker than carbon dioxide, yet over a 20 year span traps 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide (EPA).  Massive reductions of organic waste and beneficial reuse of this resource will have a rapid and significant effect on global warming and can lead to building healthy soils.  

California State Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) requires the reduction of organic waste disposed of in landfills and expands on existing commercial recycling mandates of AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling (2012) and AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics (2016).

SB 1383 Targets:

  • Reduce statewide disposal of organic waste 75% by 2025 (based on 2014 levels)

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

Coming Soon! Residential Food Scrap Collection

Our residential curbside program will begin collecting food scraps in the green cart in July 1st. Information and instructions coming soon!

Please do not put food scraps in the green cart until Burbank has officially launched the program.

Starting January 1, 2022, SB 1383 prohibits organic material from being disposed in landfills and requires they be separated for recycling by subscribing to the appropriate service levels or self-hauling the material to an approved facility. This State mandate applies to all organizations, non-profits, events, and multi-family properties unless granted a waiver from the City of Burbank.

SB 1383 is unique in that it requires some businesses to donate excess edible food to feed people in addition to diverting organic material from the garbage. Businesses that qualify will need to donate excess edible food to non-profits and other food recovery sources.     
Additional resources
Organic material or “organics” include food scraps, food-soiled paper (napkins, non-plastic lined paper plates), yard trimmings, office paper, cardboard, untreated wood, and manure. 

It does not include treated or painted wood, diapers, pet waste, gloves, plastic-lined paper cups, and other plastic materials.

Some programs require food scraps be disposed in plastic bags. Check with your waste hauler for a list of accepted materials.
CalRecycle is the state agency responsible for creating the regulatory standards and oversight for SB 1383 and other waste diversion mandates, including: 
  • Mandatory Commercial Recycling AB 341: Since 2012, State law has required apartment communities/multi-family housing with 5 or more units to recycle.
  • Mandatory Commercial Organic Recycling AB 1826:
    • ON JANUARY 1, 2022, THE REQUIREMENTS FOR AB 1826 WILL BE REPLACED BY THOSE OF SB 1383
    • View our AB 1826 Pamphlet (PDF) for additional information.
The complete text on the final regulations for SB 1383 on the CalRecycle website.

For questions on compliance issues, email us at compost@burbankca.gov.