SB 1383 ENFORCEMENT
The Town’s exclusive waste hauler, West Valley Collection and Recycling (WVC&R) are working with the Town of Los Gatos and the West Valley Solid Waste Management Authority to conduct reviews of residential and commercial garbage, recycling, and organics containers for cross-contamination. Inspections typically occur ahead of the collection vehicle to check for contamination prior to pick up, however collection may take place outside of this window at the discretion of the inspector. These reviews are required by Senate Bill 1383 and results will be used to help educate individuals about proper sorting practices. We ask that you please cooperate with WVC&R personnel for compliance with California state law.
If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Marina Chislett, Environmental Program Specialist with the Town of Los Gatos at (408) 399-5778.
EDIBLE FOOD RECOVERY
SB 1383 requires that the state recover at least 20 percent of currently disposed edible food for human consumption by January 1, 2025. To meet the mandated statewide goal, the law requires each jurisdiction to establish and monitor a robust food recovery program, which will strengthen the relationship between commercial edible food generators and food recovery organizations within the community.
SB 1383 places commercial edible food generators in two tiers to allow businesses and jurisdictions time to expand or build new food recovery infrastructure and capacity to donate foods that are harder to safely store and distribute.
Santa Clara County has created the Food Recovery website to assist businesses with identifying if this regulation applies to them and how to implement, track, and report for food recovery efforts as part of SB 1383.
Click here for a list of Food Recovery Organizations and Services.