Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling

The State has passed several organics legislation bills to combat greenhouse gas emissions from decomposing organics in landfills. Organic waste includes food waste, food-soiled paper waste that is mixed with food waste, plant waste, and wood waste. Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) is effective on January 1, 2022 and will require residents to recycle organic waste. It requires the City to implement a comprehensive edible food recovery program and mandates all organic waste generators to subscribe to organic waste recycling.

Why Organics?

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills has been identified as a significant source of emissions contributing to global climate change. Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California's aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. Organic wastes, such as plant waste and food materials, are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel. Processing the material into other uses reduces GHG production.  

The organic recycling program represents a significant ratcheting up of waste management regulations that began with AB939 in 1989. AB939 led to the residential curbside recycling programs that have become a standard feature of the waste management landscape. SB 1383 will produce both challenges and cost to the residential and business community.


While SB 1383 goes into effect on January 1, 2022, the City of Fountain Valley and Republic Services are currently working to find a solution to implement the program. Until a solution is reached, residents should continue to dispose of organic waste in the trash. Residents are encouraged to start back yard composting to limit the amount of food and green waste sent to landfills.

For commercial customers, the standard size trash dumpster is 3 cubic yards. Commercial food waste generators are required to recycle all organic waste produced at their facility. Republic Services has developed an organic waste recycling program that will achieve the state mandated goals. For more information and to set up service, please contact Republic Services at (714) 847-3581.

Please visit Cal Recycle for more information.

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