Methane is emitted into the atmosphere whenever compostable materials like food, paper, and yard waste are buried in landfills instead of composted or recycled. In 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 into law to reduce organics going to landfills by 75% by January 1, 2025 from 2014 levels, as well as rescue 20% of disposed surplus food to reduce food insecurity. You can learn more here.
Under the law, all California residents are required to compost organic waste properly, starting January 1, 2022, with enforcement commencing January 1, 2024.
The City is also doing its bit to help:
- In accordance with SB1383, we accept an agreed amount of composted food scraps and yard waste to distribute across the City's parks and open spaces.
- In partnership with Painted Bins, we have installed two compost bins at Community Park to allow visitors to properly dispose of food waste.