SB 1383 Information and Resources

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SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Summary

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025.

Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. Organic materials--including waste that can be readily prevented, recycled, or composted--account for a significant portion of California's overall waste stream. Food waste alone accounts for approximately 17-18 percent of total landfill disposal. Increasing food waste prevention, encouraging edible food rescue, and expanding the composting and in-vessel digestion of organic waste throughout the state will help reduce methane emissions from organic waste disposed of in California's landfills.

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  • July 1, 2020 - CalRecycle begins analyzing the progress that the waste sector, state governments, and local governments have made in regards to achieving organic waste reduction targets for 2020 and 2025. Upon conclusion of this analysis, CalRecycle may include incentives or additional requirements in the regulations to facilitate progress toward achieving the organic disposal reduction targets.
  • January 1, 2022 - CalRecycle’s regulations to meet the organic waste reduction targets for 2020 and 2025 take effect and are enforceable on this date
  • January 1, 2024 - CalRecycle may require local jurisdictions to impose penalties for non-compliance on regulated entities subject to their authority
  • January 1, 2025 - By this date, the state must achieve a 75% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level. In addition, not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food must be recovered for human consumption. 

Compliance Resources

Franchise Hauler Services

Businesses can contact their current hauler to add organics recycling services. Please review the list of franchise commercial haulers.

Local Food Bank Organizations/Resources

Pasadena and the surrounding area are home to many food recovery organizations and services. Donors should contact organizations directly to verify what they can and cannot accept.

Name Address Contact information
Eaton Canyon Foundation 3579 E Foothill Blvd, Suite #737 (626) 993-0492
First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena 3700 E Sierra Madre Blvd (626) 351-9631
Foothill Unity Center 191 N Oak Ave (626) 584-7420
Friends In Deed 444 E Washington Blvd (626) 797-2402 x106
Pasadena City College Lancer Pantry 1570 E Colorado Blvd, R-125 (626) 585-7264
Saint Andrew Church 140 Chestnut St (626) 792-4183
Salvation Army ARC - Pasadena 86 Waverly Dr (626) 795-8075
Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle Corps 960 E Walnut St (626) 773-4404 / (626) 529-0503
Union Station Homeless Services 825 E Orange Grove Blvd (626) 791-6602

For more information about each organization, please review the PDF below.

Food Donation Guidelines

To ensure your donation meets industry standards, please verify the following:

  • Donated food will be from an approved source such as a restaurant, hotel, food distributor, etc.
  • Donated food from individuals should be uncooked and pre-packaged
  • The organization receiving food has a public health permit. If the organization does not have a health permit, the food will need to be served and consumed immediately.
  • Donated food adheres to proper temperature requirements. Cold foods are required to be stored at 41 ̊F or below and hot foods should be stored 135 ̊F or above.
  • Donated food is free of any contamination

More information concerning proper food donation guidelines can be found at the following link:

Utilize a Compost Bin

The City of Pasadena provides compost bins to community members at a cost of $56.00. For more information on purchasing a compost bin, please visit the following link:

For more information on how to properly compost, please review the compost presentation PDF below.

How to Backyard Compost

Report a Violation

If you would like to submit an alleged violation of the State of California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 or Chapter 8.66 of the City of Pasadena Municipal Code, please click here to submit a report online through our Citizen Service Center. (Type 1383 in the search box to easily find the topic)

Your report may be submitted anonymously. If you choose to include our name, it will not be shared with the alleged violator and City staff will be able to contact you if more information is needed.

Additional Information and Resources

SB 1383 Residential Refuse Customer Letter
FAQ Pasadena Food Waste Recycling
Residential Organics Recycling Guide
Commercial Organics Recycling Guide