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Solid Waste Procurement Under SB 1383: Extended For Compliance

Most local governments have been tasked with the implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 1383, which calls for the most dramatic changes in solid waste and recycling laws in at least the last 30 years. As part of SB 1383’s regulations—as enforced by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)—cities must procure recycled organic products. To this end, local agencies must procure calculated amounts of compost, mulch, or renewable natural gas from certified composting or anaerobic digestion facilities for the California market.

 

Assembly Bill (AB) 1985, signed into law September 16, 2022, creates a two-year phase-in period for cities to meet their procurement requirement targets.  The bill was largely driven by the lack of statewide organic waste processing infrastructure available to meet SB 1383’s regulatory requirements.  Under the AB 1985, cities now have until January 1, 2025 to comply with SB 1383’s organic waste procurement requirements.

 

Notwithstanding AB 1985, local agencies will continue to face many practical challenges in meeting CalRecycle’s procurement mandates under SB 1383. We encourage participation with the state legislature and stakeholders (such as your solid waste hauler(s) or solid waste division) to reach further pragmatic legislation with respect to SB 1383’s procurement regulations.

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