Senate Bill 1383: Organic Waste reduction requirements

Read about SB 1383 here, and check back for more info as we work to implement these requirements for our Ridgecrest Community! (Updated 8/2022)

 Jump to SB1383(Ridgecrest) Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Senate Bill 1383: Reducing Short-lived Climate Pollutants in California, Organic Waste Reduction requirements are:

1. Statewide residential & commercial organics recycling collection 2.edible food recovery. 3.procur

The most basic element of this regulation is requiring jurisdictions to provide an organic waste collection service that meets the regulatory requirements to each of their residents and businesses. This means a third brown "Organics" bin will be added.

  1. Why is action necessary?

   - Landfilling organics produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change in CA with both environmental and economic impacts. [ex: billions spent on wildfire management; drought cost $2.7 billion loss in agriculture industry]- Organic waste is composed of green waste, wood waste, food waste, and fibers such food-soiled paper/cardboard products & comprises 2/3 of current waste stream with food waste alone accounting for the largest waste stream in CA [18% of disposal in 2014 study]
- Diverting the organic waste stream from landfills extends the life of our current landfill, reducing the likelihood of a costly landfill creation project in the future.

  - Recovering edible food from the waste stream helps to feed the millions of Californians that are food insecure

Waste Pie chart


   - Redirecting perfectly edible food that is currently being disposed of, to instead feed those in need, will help alleviate this problem.


  1. What is Food Recovery?
  1. Proposal & Intent to Comply
  1. Local Assistance Grant Program
  1. Recycling Services
  1. Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris

Sb1383 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What materials will be accepted in each bin? 

Beginning in January 2023, collection services will include the following:

Green lids = organics (food scraps, yard waste, food-soiled paper

Blue lids = recycling (plastics, aluminum, cardboard, paper, etc.)

Grey/Black lids = trash (everything else besides hazardous materials)

For more detailed information on sorting requirements, click HERE

  1. Doesn't all the trash end up in the same place anyway - what's the point?
  1. I already have other ways to dispose of organic materials (i.e. landscaping service, self-haul, at-home composting, garbage disposal) - why am I required to use this service?
  1. I don't generate enough organic waste for collection to justify the need for a third bin, why isn't there a way to opt out of service?
  1. What services are included under the new WM contract?
  1. How much will this cost me? When do these rates go into effect?
  1. What is the City doing to reduce rate impacts to residents and/or businesses?
  1. What's the deal with the new bi-weekly collection frequency? Isn't the organic material collection going to create public health concerns (i.e. odors, pests, etc.)?
  1. Will compost be available to citizens as part of this change?
  1. Why doesn't the City refuse to comply with SB 1383 regulations?
  1. What if my address is outside City limits? Will SB 1383 affect me?
  1. What if I refuse service?
  1. Who should I contact with questions or concerns regarding this program?