Organic waste accounts for more than a third of the material in California's waste stream.
Beginning in 2022, Senate Bill 1383 requires all residents and businesses to separate organic material from other garbage. The goal of the new state law is to reprocess 75% of the green waste by 2025 from 2014 levels. That means redirecting 17.7 million tons of organic material away from disposal, equivalent to the weight of more than 9.5 million cars! It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.
Waste haulers will divert the organic material away from traditional landfills to facilities that will turn the green waste into products such as compost, mulch, and natural gas.