In 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 into California law, establishing statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:
- By 2020, reduce the organic material disposed in landfills by 50% from the 2014 level, and
- By 2025, reduce the organic material disposed in landfills by 75% from the 2014 level. By this point, no less than 20% of edible food currently disposed must also be recovered for human consumption.
This bill expands upon the goals of AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling and AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics. SB 1383 is unique in that it will require donation of edible food to feed people in addition to composting organic materials. And unlike previous bills, there are significant penalties for non-compliance.