SB 1383

SB 1383
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The law grants CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets and establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.

Effective January 1, 2022, SB 1383 requires residents and businesses to divert organics from the landfill. Tier 1 and Tier 2 food generators are also required to recover no less 20 percent of currently disposed edible food for human consumption. For more information on SB 1383 enforcement, proper sorting, and edible food recover, please read below.


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.


Not sure what food waste is acceptable to go in your organics bin? Click here to learn more!


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.

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