Mandatory and Zero Waste Planning

Beginning January 1, 2022, SB 1383 required cities and counties to procure a quantity of recovered organic waste products annually. These procurement requirements will strengthen California’s self-sustaining, green economy.

AB 1826 (Chesbro, 2014) mandates threshold amounts in relation to the amount of organic waste generated per week from businesses from 2016 to 2018, while the current commercial solid waste collection system under AB 341 (Chesbro, 2011) is based upon the amount of solid waste that is generated per week.

SB 1383 Methane Mitigation – Mandatory Organics Recycling

SB 1383 regulations are to go into effect on January 1, 2022. The regulations aims to divert 50% of organic waste from landfills below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% by 2025. CalRecycle is implementing the regulations and has established an additional target that not less than 20% of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025. SB 1383 also requires that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organics recycling to all residents, businesses (including those that generate edible food that can be donated), haulers, solid waste facilities, local food banks, and other food recovery organizations. (League of California Cities)

Additionally, CalRecycle reports that 2.5 billion meals worth of potentially-donatable food is landfilled a year. This could feed millions of the 1 in 5 Californians without enough to eat.

Mandatory Recycling and Organics Plans (SB 1383/ AB 1826)

The Regulatory landscape can move rapidly in California and Edgar & Associates stays up to date to ensure our clients are well ahead of all state-wide demands. We have been completing Plans which are responsive to the requirements of SB 1383 and AB 1826, as well as several other organics and recycling regulations that have been passed in recent years. Our Plans ensure clients have complete and responsive programs to report to the State, as well as set our clients up to successfully meet the diversion goals as laid out by the State. This includes:

  • AB 1826 Collection Plans
  • AB 876 Organics Management Infrastructure (15- year Capacity Plans)
  • AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling
  • SB 605 Short Lived Climate Pollutants
  • AB 1594 Phase out of Green waste ADC Diversion Credits
    • 50% Organics Diversion by 2020
    • 75% Organics Diversion by 2025
  • SB 1383 Methane Mitigation – Mandatory Organics Recycling
    • 50% Organics Diversion from landfills below 2014 levs by 2020
    • 75% Organics Diversion by 2025

AB 876 (Organics Management Infrastructure Planning) 15-year capacity plans

With the enactment of the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, the Legislature required the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery and local agencies to promote recycling and composting over land disposal and transformation. Since the enactment of the Act, Edgar & Associates has been working with local governments and private industries to design effective programs to achieve a statewide diversion rate of greater than 50 percent.

Zero Waste Planning

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. Edgar & Associates Zero Waste management and planning approaches emphasize waste prevention in addition to enhanced waste management and technologies. Zero waste plans encompass more than eliminating waste through recycling and reuse, our plans focus on restructuring production and distribution systems to reduce waste. These Plans are designed to take a comprehensive look at a Client’s waste profile, to project the future and create a structure for clients and their stakeholders to use as a resource for decision making.

Environmental Social Governance

Edgar & Associates provides strategic planning for a comprehensive waste management plan. We understand all regulatory considerations and the policies and procedures involved in preparing a successful – and in the case of Blue Line Biogenic Energy Project and Material Recovery Facility in South San Francisco, California – award winning sustainability plan.

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