Food bank volunteers packing bags of groceries to distribute to Californians in need.

SB 1383 requires that by 2025 the state must recover for people to eat 20 percent of still safe food that would have gone to landfills. This is a statewide goal that California must collectively achieve.

Individual jurisdictions and individual food donors are not required to meet the 20 percent food recovery rate.

To achieve this statewide goal, SB 1383’s regulations require mandated food donors to donate the maximum amount of their still fresh food that they would have sent to landfills.

A palette of fresh produce sits in a warehouse waiting to be distributed to needy Californians.

Jurisdictions Must Have Food Recovery Programs

The regulations also require jurisdictions to implement edible food recovery programs to help increase food recovery throughout the state. Each jurisdiction’s food recovery program must assess current edible food recovery capacity.


Counties Must Plan for Needed Food Storage and Transportation

Food bank volunteers with masks on load up the trunk of a car with food donations.

These regulations require food recovery capacity planning for counties, in coordination with jurisdictions and regional agencies.

Counties, in coordination with jurisdictions and regional agencies located in the county, must actively expand and create new infrastructure to grow food recovery networks if additional capacity is needed.

  • Estimate the amount of edible food that mandated food donors in the county would send to landfills.
  • Identify available capacity at food recovery organizations and services that could take the surplus food from food donors in the county.

Counties in coordination with jurisdictions and regional agencies located within the county must actively expand and create new infrastructure to grow food recovery networks if additional capacity is needed. A capacity planning assessment could ask the following questions:

  • How much edible food is currently disposed by mandated food donors in the jurisdiction?
  • How many food recovery organizations and services operate in the jurisdiction?
  • What infrastructure and how much capacity do these recovery organizations and services have?
  • Are there plans to purchase or build any new infrastructure ?
  • How much food is currently being recovered by these organizations and services?
  • What kinds of food do these organizations and services accept for food recovery? (e.g. produce, fresh grocery, cold prepared foods, hot prepared foods, etc.)
  • How much additional food could they recover each month?
  • What types of food donors do they typically recover food from? (e.g. wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, etc.)
  • How many new food donors could they add?
  • If they cannot accept more food or add new donors, what would they need most to recover additional food and begin working with new donors? (e.g. more funding for paid staff, refrigeration, storage space, refrigerated vehicles, paid drivers, donation matching software, inventory management software, kitchen equipment, etc.)
  • What new infrastructure needs to be built and does this require new funding?
  • Identify proposed new or expanded edible food recovery organizations and services and their space and ability to to recover the amount of food mandated food donors expect to have for donation.

The county, in coordination with jurisdictions and regional agencies in the county, must consult with food recovery organizations and services about existing or proposed new food recovery capacity.

If a county identifies a need for new or expanded edible food recovery capacity, then each of its jurisdictions must submit an implementation schedule to CalRecycle with a plan to ensure enough new or expanded capacity to recover the edible food currently disposed of by its mandated food donors.

Provide Timelines for Plan

The implementation schedule must include timelines and milestones for planning new or expanded capacity, including:

  1. Getting funding for edible food recovery infrastructure, including modifying franchise agreements or demonstrating other means of financially supporting the expansion of edible food recovery capacity.
  2. Identifying facilities, operations, and activities in the county that could increase food recovery capacity.