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Organic food often refers to food that is grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, or bioengineered genes (GMOs). Organic waste is the food, food scraps, food-soiled paper AND yard waste that will be collected and recycled.
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Senate Bill 1383 is a statewide organic waste recycling mandate which was passed in 2016 and is intended to divert short-lived climate pollutants from landfills, reducing organic waste, food waste, and greenhouse gas emissions. You can view the legislation text here.
Landfill gas created by decomposing organic waste is a significant source of overall greenhouse gas emissions. This law helps California achieve its aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals and address climate change by reducing materials in the landfill which produce gas.
Despite the state’s robust and traditional recycling infrastructure, organic materials (yard trimmings, food scraps and soiled paper) make up about half of the State’s waste stream, and food waste is the largest single waste stream in California. Redirecting these resources to composting and digesting operations will save landfill space, generate energy, reduce emissions, and restore soi
The law affects all California residents, including those in single- and multi-family homes, commercial entities, and schools. The City of Citrus Heights is planning to launch its organics recycling program for residents in summer 2022. Education and outreach will be provided to Citrus Heights residents before the anticipated launch.
Food waste is the food, food scraps and food-soiled paper intended to be disposed of. We can recycle that material to create fuel, energy and compost. Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. “Backyard Composting” is the process of creating compost by placing materials in open piles outside, mixing them and allow the process to turn organic waste into compost material.
Residents will dispose of all organic waste in their green waste bin, which is currently only used for yard waste, instead of the garbage bin. Organic waste refers to food waste (including vegetable and fruit scraps, eggshells, meat, dairy, bones, and rotting food), food-soiled paper, (including pizza boxes, coffee filters, and paper napkins) and yard trimmings. Residents who do not currently have a green yard waste cart will be provided a new cart for their organic waste service.
Yes, starting in July 2022, Green Waste service will be renamed "Organic Waste" service and will include green waste, food waste, and food soil paper products. Organic Waste carts will be serviced weekly on the same day as trash service.
There will be an A week and B week blue Recycling cart collection schedule for the city. There will only be a small percentage of residents who will be receiving a day change for their collection. Check the online calendar tool to see which week your blue Recycling cart is serviced. Direct outreach will also be delivered to those affected by the change.
Your can view the collection schedules using our online calendar. Type in your service address to view your schedule and sign up for text and email reminders.
Food waste should be put directly into Organics Waste carts when able. Food can be stored in kitchen pails, paper bags and BPI certified compostable bags until brought out to Organic Waste cart. Best practice tip: Freeze food waste in paper bags or BPI certified compostable bags to prevent smell and bacteria in the kitchen.
Yes, when the organics collection starts in July 2022, paper bags may be used to contain food waste inside the green Organic Waste carts.
As of July 1, 2022 there will be weekly service for green Organic Waste carts (formerly known as Green Waste carts). This weekly collection service means most residents will no longer need an extra green cart. In addition, from November through January, residents can place up to 6 bags of leaves out (35 lbs limit) on collection day for free.
If you are in an HOA, your residential organization leadership should reach out to Republic Services to remedy. All single-family homes will be charged for this service whether the use their Organics Cart or not.
Although the law takes effect for residential sectors in January 2022, organics recycling services is scheduled to begin for Citrus Heights residential customers in July 2022. Commercial entities and businesses were required to begin their mandatory organic recycling services starting July 1, 2021, or sooner depending on the amount of organic material generated.
Although we are very happy to see residents getting excited about upcoming residential organics recycling, residents cannot currently use their green yard waste cart for food waste. Waste processing facilities have different processing requirements for only green waste versus green waste mixed with organics. At this time, residents should continue placing only green waste in their yard waste cart until notified otherwise.
This is a statewide mandate and there are no exemption waivers granted for individual residents. Business owners seeking a commercial exemption can apply here.
Residents who do not have a green waste cart will not be exempt from SB 1383, as all residents will be required to subscribe to organics collection service in order to comply with the law.
All residents must have an organic waste bin to comply with the law. Multi-family residences (such as apartment complexes) will be provided with bins for their properties. The City and Republic Services will assess space concerns on a case-by-case basis to ensure all properties are in compliance with state regulations.
Under SB 1383, we are unfortunately not able to offer exemptions to customers who compost their food waste or who generate minimal food waste. However, Republic Services will provide free kitchen compost pails to customers before the launch of the new organics collection services, along with compost seminars and providing information about composting.
We do not currently offer the option to self-haul food waste. Residents must be provided with organic waste collection service to comply with SB 1383.
There are no special rates currently offered for this service.
If the takeout container is “SHINY”, it is most likely trash. We cannot take food- soiled paper that has lining, or wax included.
Only paper-based food soiled items (no lining or wax) can go into the green Organic Waste cart. Even if it says compostable plastic spoon/fork, it does not meet our criteria for organics recycling.
You do not have to change your garbage disposal habits. However, it is better for the water quality and environment to dispose of food waste using your green Organic Waste cart to divert food products going to the water treatment plant. Best Practice: Reduce first, then Reuse, then Recycle.
FOGs must be taken to the North Area Recovery Station (NARS). Motor oil is not considered a FOG and Republic Services collects motor oil under specific circumstances. For more info, visit: Stop the Clog - Sacramento Area Sewer District (sacsewer.com)
Although, there is no law prohibiting the use of garbage disposals in residential homes, SB 1383 requires that all food waste be put into organic waste carts for recycling.
Keurig and other instant coffee pods must be deposited into the trash.
The organic waste will be taken to a composting facility in California to be composted and turned in to soil amendment, which can be used for farming and other agricultural uses.
Republic Services currently provides compost for Citrus Heights residents to pick up from the Republic Services transfer station at 8642 Elder Creek Road in Sacramento. In addition, Republic Services will provide compost locally for residents to access, and is working on finalizing a location.
If you would like information on SB 1383 regulations and statewide resources, you can find it at CalRecycle’s website: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp