Article 2 of the SB 1383 regulations identifies activities considered landfill disposal as well as the activities that are a reduction in landfill disposal. The purpose of these provisions is to describe where organic waste must be transported under the regulatory system to ensure its diversion from landfill disposal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The SB 1383 regulations also establish a process for CalRecycle, in consultation with the California Air Resources Board, to determine if a process or technology, not already specified in the regulations, constitutes a reduction in landfill disposal. The relevant portions of the SB 1383 regulations can be found in Article 2 (14 CCR Sections 18983.1– 18983.2).
Q: What is considered landfill disposal under the SB 1383 regulations?
Organic waste disposed at a landfill, used as alternative daily cover (ADC) or alternative intermediate cover (AIC) at a landfill, or any other disposition not explicitly identified in 14 CCR Section 18983.1 as a reduction in landfill disposal is considered landfill disposal.
Q: What constitutes a reduction in landfill disposal under the SB 1383 regulations?
Organic waste sent to one of the following operations, facilities, or uses is considered a reduction in landfill disposal, provided the organic waste is not subsequently landfilled [refer to 14 CCR Section 18983.1(b)]:
Operations or Facilities:
- Recycling centers
- Compostable material handling facilities
- In-vessel digestion facilities
- Biomass conversion facilities
- Soil amendment for erosion control, revegetation, or slope stabilization
- Soil amendment for landscaping at a landfill
- Land application
- Animal feed
Q: How will CalRecycle determine if a process or technology not already listed in Section 18983.1 of the regulations is a reduction in landfill disposal?
CalRecycle will conduct an application review and notify the applicant within 30 days of receipt whether it is complete. Section 18983.2(a)(1) of the regulations specifies the information that must be included in an application. To count as a reduction in landfill disposal, a process or technology must demonstrate it will result in permanent lifecycle GHG emission reductions equal to or greater than the emission reductions from composting organic waste (0.30 MTCO2e per short ton of organic waste). CalRecycle will consult with the California Air Resources Board to determine if the proposed process or technology constitutes a reduction of landfill disposal. Applicants will be notified within 180 days of submittal of a complete application if their technology or process constitutes a reduction in landfill disposal. A list of technologies and processes that are determined to constitute a reduction in landfill disposal will be posted on CalRecycle’s website.
Q: When will CalRecycle begin accepting applications and making these determinations?
CalRecycle will accept applications starting on January 1, 2022, when the SB 1383 regulations take effect. Interested parties are encouraged to contact CalRecycle staff now to discuss potential applications for new technologies or processes they may want considered as a reduction in landfill disposal.
Email SLCP.email@example.com and please include Article 2 in the subject line of your email.
For more information contact: Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions, SLCP.firstname.lastname@example.org