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SB 1383: Methane Reduction Law

By signing SB 1383, on September 19, 2016, Governor Brown places California, once again, at the forefront of environmental progress. The law provides the direction and incentive for diverting organic material from California landfills, where it would otherwise create significant short-lived climate pollutants.

Organic waste materials make up more than a third of the state’s waste stream and when disposed of in landfills they generate methane, a short-lived climate pollutant that is many times more potent than carbon dioxide.

SB 1383 requires a 50% reduction in the statewide disposal of organic waste by 2020 and a 75% reduction by 2025, as compared with 2014 levels. The state’s implementation strategies include recovering 20% of edible food that is currently disposed to feed food insecure Californians, as well as composting organic waste to create rich, natural soil amendments.

The potential impact of diverting organics in San Diego alone is enormous:  

  • Free up 700,000 tons/year of landfill space
  • Create new markets and jobs worth $2,000,000/year
  • Save local businesses $20M/year in disposal fees
  • Avoid 127,000 metric tons/year of greenhouse gases


With SB 1383 enforcement on the horizon, organic waste reduction is in focus for all municipalities in San Diego. These materials make up more than a third of the state’s waste stream and “off-gas” highly potent greenhouse gases when landfilled. Solana Center is here to help you navigate the journey to a greener tomorrow for your business and residents as California leads the nation by mandating education, signage, and proper disposal of recyclables and organics. 

Below is a list of activities related to SB1383 Solana Center is proud to have provided or currently be working on for the City of Encinitas, City of Carlsbad, and RSWA cities (Poway, National City, Vista, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Del Mar):

  • Awareness and education campaign for residents and businesses
    • Creation of a logo, tagline, templates for all communication
    • Creation of informational videos 
    • Educational blog content creation
    • Educational social media content creation
  • Webinars and forums (residential and business-focused)
    • Explain new requirements and procedures (in conjunction with city staff and hauler)
    • How-to prevent food waste and rescue edible food 
  • Community outreach booths
  • Helpline support
  • Identify Tier1 and Tier 2 food waste generators
  • Technical Assistance for businesses
    • In-person visits to businesses for personalized guidance on waste diversion compliance (AB341, AB827, AB1826, SB1383)
    • Visual waste assessment
    • Staff training on organics recycling
    • Guidance and strategic input on food waste prevention solutions & organics recycling
  • Food Rescue
    • Guidance on setting up food donation programs
    • Creation of Food Recovery Lists and Services
    • Coordination with SD Food System Alliance to create food recovery programs
  • Compliance
    • Strategic messaging for city website regarding legislation and compliance
    • Creation of compliance letters to businesses
    • Compliance inspections of businesses

If you’d like help preparing your San Diego region jurisdiction or business to comply with SB 1383 regulations please reach out to