What is Senate Bill 1383?

California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) requires all residents and businesses to reduce organic waste (food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings) sent to the landfill. When organic waste decomposes in a landfill (anaerobic decomposition), it releases methane, a harmful gas that traps the sun’s heat and contributes to climate change. Recycling organic waste (aerobic decomposition) will release carbon dioxide instead, which is a far less potent greenhouse gas. By recycling organic waste, we can create compost or clean energy which will help reduce the impacts of climate change.  Designated businesses that generate large amounts of surplus edible food will be required to have an edible food donation program.

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1. Why is the City of Arcata talking about organic waste, including food waste collection and composting?
2. What is Senate Bill 1383?
3. When will this law go into place?
4. When will curbside organics recycling collection service be required?
5. Am I required to compost?
6. How will this law help the environment?
7. What are some ways I can reduce my organic garbage?
8. Will my garbage and recycling service fee from Recology increase?
9. How can I learn more about potentially increasing fees?
10. What if my business/residence does not generate organic waste?
11. If I backyard compost or I use a community compost service, can I opt out of curbside organic service when it is available?
12. If a resident currently has a green waste bin, should they place food waste in the bin?
13. Can businesses or residents provide their own curbside containers for organics collection at a discounted cost?
14. What do food-soiled/paper-based items include?
15. Where can I find out what belongs in my current garbage, recycling or green waste bins?
16. I have more questions about Senate Bill 1383 and organics waste collection…