What is SB-1383?

Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) is a law enacted by the State of California that builds on the State’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SB 1383 requires all businesses, multi-family communities, and single-family residences to divert organic materials (food waste, yard waste, & soiled paper products) from landfill. It also requires the State to increase edible food recovery by 20% by 2025.

When does this go into effect?

Beginning January 1, 2022, all businesses, schools, multi-family communities, and single-family residences will be required to divert food scraps, yard waste, & soiled paper into an organics bin or cart.

Beginning January 1, 2024, regulations may require local jurisdictions to impose penalties for non-compliance.

How does it work?

The City of Clovis provides three trash carts to single-family residences: a gray cart for trash, a blue cart for recycling, and a green cart for food scraps, yard waste, & soiled paper.

The goal is that food and yard scraps make their way into the proper trash bin so they can be diverted from the landfill.

Tips on properly disposing of food waste

  –  Place food scraps inside a paper bag or wrap in newspaper and place inside the organics (green) cart.

  –  Food scraps should be mixed with yard or other organic waste in the cart. In other words, you don’t want your cart to be filled with only food scraps.

  –  Food scraps, soiled paper (pizza boxes, paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper cups) and green waste can all be placed inside the organics (green) cart. Plastic or plastic-coated materials can NOT be placed in the organics cart.

Tips on keeping cart clean and helping to reduce odor

  –  Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of white vinegar + water and spray inside the organics cart. This helps keep pests away and reduces residue build-up inside the cart. Add your favorite essential oil to the bottle mix to reduce odor.

  –  Freezing your food scraps prior to disposal will help cut down on any unpleasant odors.

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Aside from reducing landfill contributions, one of the main goals of SB 1383 is edible food recovery.

What is “edible food recovery”?

A lot of edible food is wasted by being thrown out when it could still be consumed. Edible food recovery programs aim to recapture surplus food and distribute it to those who need it most, thus serving a need in the community while also preventing waste. 

How does SB 1383 help with edible food recovery?

SB 1383 requires that jurisdictions establish local edible food recovery programs. In addition, it requires food donors to recover the maximum amount of edible food possible. All organizations that participate in the program must keep records for tracking purposes.

Edible Food Recovery Resources in Clovis

Central California Food Bank |
(559) 237-3663
Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Clovis Salvation Army Food Pantry
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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