Mandatory Recycling and Organics Law

SB 1383 Overview

Senate Bill 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants is a California-wide initiative targeting the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, across various sectors. The legislation sets specific statewide goals to minimize organic waste in landfills and redirect edible food away from landfills to benefit those in need.

For more information on SB 1383 visit CalRecycle's website

General Business Requirements

Businesses are required to have organics collection  

Mill Valley Refuse Service has recycling and organics collection as part of their regular service

  • Ensure each trash enclosure has sufficient carts for all recyclables and organics 
  • Include a cardboard recycling bin or designated area 

Businesses are also required to:  

  • Provide ample recycling and organic waste containers for employees and contractors
  • Position recycling and organic waste bins adjacent to customer trash bins  
  • Equip restrooms with organics bins for paper towel collection, if applicable 
  • Ensure bins comply with color codes (grey/black for landfill, blue for recycling, green for organics) OR labeling specifications. See more on the Mill Valley Refuse Service website
  • Include in contracts with gardening or landscaping services a stipulation to keep yard trimmings out of landfill 
  • Annually educate all stakeholders on waste diversion requirements and proper sorting 
  • Prohibit employees from putting waste in incorrect bins and inspect for contamination 

Landlord Requirements

Multifamily and single-family housing is required to have organics collection  

Mill Valley Refuse Service has recycling and organics collection as part of their regular service

  • Ensure each trash enclosure has sufficient carts for all recyclables and organics 
  • Include a cardboard recycling bin or designated area 

Landlords are also required to: 

  • Inform new tenants about waste sorting requirements within 14 days of occupying premises 
  • Provide ample recycling and organic waste containers for tenants, contractors, and employees 
  • Ensure bins comply with color codes (grey/black for landfill, blue for recycling, green for organics) OR labeling specifications. See more on the Mill Valley Refuse Service website
  • Include in contracts with gardening or landscaping services a stipulation to keep yard trimmings out of landfill 
  • Annually educate all stakeholders on waste diversion requirements and proper sorting

Self-Hauler Requirements

Self haulers are commercial businesses, such as landscapers, who haul organic waste from a residence or business to a transfer/processing facility, composter, or other organic waste recovery activity

Self haulers are required to separate organic waste from landfill and recycle it properly  

Self haulers are also required to: 

  • Keep a record of the amount of organic waste each time you go to the facility for recycling including 
    • Delivery receipts and weight tickets 
    • Total number of cubic yards or tons transported 
  • If the facility you use does not have scales take record of  
    • The facility name 
    • Date the organic waste was delivered 
    • Estimated amount in cubic yards that you delivered 
  • Keep your records for five years to ensure that compliance is being met

Use this Recordkeeping Tool for Self Haulers made by CalRecycle to help ensure compliance