Introduction of SB 1383
SB 1383: Organic Waste Reduction
In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383), establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. SB 1383 establishes targets to:
- Achieve a 50% reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75% reduction by 2025.
- Recover not less than 20% of currently disposed food for human consumption by 2025.
SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to implement mandatory organic waste collection and recycling in this statewide effort to divert organic waste from landfills.
Advance Disposal takes care of recycling all your organic waste, so you don't have to worry!
Advance Disposal, the City of Hesperia's franchise waste hauler, utilizes a comingled single can service, which means all trash, recyclables, and organic waste is sorted and separated at their Material Recovery Facility (MRF). Advance Disposal uses special equipment to separate and divert organic material from the waste stream. These efforts result in a high landfill diversion rate which allows Advance Disposal to operate as a High Diversion Organic Waste Processing Facility (HDOWPF).
You can help with diversion too! Using your organic waste for composting or donating edible food to a food recovery organization are great ways to do your part in reducing organic waste.
Organic Waste & Food Waste
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% of total landfill disposal.
Benefits of Reducing Organic Waste in Landfills
Landfills are currently responsible for 21% of California's methane emissions. Methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills are a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions contributing to climate change. Reducing organic waste in landfills can reduce methane emissions.
Cities and counties throughout California are beginning to see the effects of climate change, including:
- Longer droughts and warmer temperatures
- Increasing number of California wildfires
- Bigger storms
- Coastal erosion due to rising sea levels
Reducing methane emissions is essential to address the many impacts of climate change on human health and on the environment. In addition to climate change, more localized environmental impacts associated with landfill disposal of organic waste are causing immediate negative impacts on our community. Landfilling organic waste is a significant source of local air quality pollutants, which cause respiratory issues. Diverting organic waste from landfills can significantly reduce the associated negative impacts associated with air quality.
Ways to Minimize Food Waste and Reduce Organic Waste
Composting Organic Waste
Compost is an organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Many types of food waste and yard waste can be composted at home, including grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings, vegetable garden and fruit tree waste, autumn leaves, coffee grounds, and fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen.
What are the benefits of composting at home?
- Reduces your waste stream at home
- Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint
- Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant disease and pests
- Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
- Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material
There are different ways to compost at home. Learn how by checking out the resources below.
- CalRecycle: Home Composting
- US EPA: Composting at Home
- US EPA: How to Create and Maintain an Indoor Worm Composting Bin
- City of Hesperia: SB 1383: Reducing Organic Waste
Donating Edible Food to Food Recovery Organizations and Services
Donating edible food to food recovery organizations and services is a great way for community members and businesses to actively participate in reducing food waste and feeding hungry people.
Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people in need. Feeding hungry people through food recovery is the best use for surplus food and a vital way for California to conserve resources and reduce waste thrown in landfills.
The US EPA's Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert food waste. The top levels of the hierarchy, including feeding hungry people, are the best ways to prevent and divert wasted food because they create the most benefits for the environment, society, and the economy.
Edible Food Recovery Organizations
High Desert Second Chance
- Phone: (442) 267-4444
- Address: 16666 Smoke Tree Street, Bldg. B #4, Hesperia, CA 92345
- Website: http://highdesertsecondchance.pagecloud.com/
Caring by Nature, Inc.
- Phone: 760-662-6519
- Address: 14050 Pearl Street, Hesperia, CA 92344
- Website: https://www.caringbynatureinc.org/
- Phone: 760-488-7971
- Address: 9608 I Avenue Suite F1, Hesperia CA 92345
- Website: https://www.restoreunity.com/
Spirit Filled Family Church International
- Phone: 760-956-2501
- Address: 9980 Hesperia Road, Hesperia, CA 92345
- Website: https://spiritfilledfamily.church/
Holy Family Roman Catholic Church
- Phone: 760-244-9180
- Address: 9974 I Avenue, Hesperia, CA 92345
- Website: https://www.holyfamilyhd.org/
Loveland Church Ministry
- Phone: 909-356-5683
- Address: 9875 Seventh Avenue, Hesperia, CA 92345
- Website: https://lovelandchurch.org/location-hesperia/
- Phone: 760-701-9690
- Address: 11146 Hesperia Road Suite 201, Hesperia, CA 92345
Calvary Chapel of the High Desert
- Phone: 760-948-2812
- Address: 14740 Eucalyptus Street, Hesperia, CA 92345
- Website: https://calvarychapelhd.com/
Additional food recovery organizations coming soon.