• SB 1383 Recycling Websites


    SB 1383 - New Compost and Recycling Law

    To help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, California state law SB 1383 will go into effect on January 1, 2022. The new law requires schools to keep compostable and recyclable material out of landfills. 

    There are four main steps that school districts must take to comply with the new law:

    1. If you aren't already subscribed, sign up your district facilities and schools for compost and recycling service by January 1, 2022.
    2. Place color-coded and labeled recycle and compost bins next to all garbage bins (not required in restrooms). 
    3. Sort materials into the proper bins - recycle, compost, and garbage. 
    4. Educate students and employees about proper sorting and check bins periodically to ensure proper sorting. 

    Food Recovery and Donation: In addition to sorting requirements, by January 1, 2024, schools must recover and donate their surplus edible food to feed people. Schools will be required to have an agreement with a food recovery organization that can accept their surplus edible food. Find more information about StopWaste resources for food waste prevention and food recovery - Food Waste Prevention at School

    For California public schools, the new state law will be implemented and enforced by CalRecycle, in partnership with local haulers, StopWaste, and the Alameda County Environmental Health Department. 

    For more information on SB 1383, visit www.CalRecycle.ca.gov/organics/SLCP/schools.