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Yard trimmings, food scraps, and other types of organic waste can be recycled into new products like:

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Biofuel
  • Electricity

Beginning January 1, 2022, SB 1383 requires cities and counties to procure annually a quantity of recovered organic waste products. These procurement requirements will strengthen California’s green, self-sustaining economy. Demand for these products will drive infrastructure investment and create new green collar jobs in the state.

Recovered organic waste products can:

  • Benefit local communities and spaces
  • Improve soil and air quality
  • Support local environmental initiatives, such as Climate Action Plans

CalRecycle will assign an annual procurement target to each jurisdiction based on its population. Jurisdictions can fulfill their target by procuring any combination of the following recovered organic waste products:

  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Renewable Energy (Transportation Fuel, Heat, and Electricity) from Anaerobic Digestion and Electricity from Biomass Conversion

Procurement Calculator Tool

CalRecycle has developed a Procurement Calculator Tool, which may be used by a jurisdiction to:

  • Plan for their procurement of recovered organic waste products, by calculating their procurement target and the quantities of products they may procure
  • Track their progress towards meeting their procurement target
  • Organize some of the details important for the recordkeeping and reporting requirements

While the Procurement Calculator Tool may be a useful organizational and planning tool, jurisdictions will need to maintain separate records to show that they have met their annual procurement obligations and are required to report their procurement to CalRecycle annually.

For technical assistance (including digital accessibility) on the Procurement Calculator Tool, please contact CalRecycle at SLCP.Organics@CalRecycle.ca.gov.

CalRecycle hosted a webinar training on February 9, 2021 on the use of the Procurement Calculator Tool. Please see the resources below from the webinar training:

Applications for Recycled Organics Products

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Compost and Mulch

Jurisdictions can use compost and mulch in a variety of applications, such as landscaping in city parks, on center divides, and in community or school gardens. Additionally, compost can be used in civil engineering applications like erosion control along roadways.

Compost and mulch provide many direct and indirect benefits when used in landscaping and as a component of systems and treatments designed for:

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Soil water retention
  • Erosion control
  • Fire remediation
  • Storm water management
  • Agriculture and rangelands
  • Other uses

Resources

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Renewable Energy

Organic waste can be recycled at an anerobic digestion facility, to produce renewable natural gas for transportation fuel, electricity, or heating applications, or at a biomass conversion facility, to produce electricity. Jurisdictions can use these recycled organics products to power:

  • Vehicles, refuse fleets, or buses
  • Buildings and schools
  • Organic waste recycling infrastructure
  • Any other energy needs

Resources

Procurement Options

Each jurisdiction has the flexibility to choose what mix of recovered organic waste products they want to procure, and may choose to either use or donate these products to meet their procurement target, depending on their local needs. 

Acquiring Recycled Organics Products

Procurement does not necessarily mean that products have to be purchased. Jurisdictions that own an organics recovery facility can procure end products for city and county use without a financial transaction. A jurisdiction may also acquire products in another way, such as free delivery or distribution of products from a hauler, and subsequently use or donate those products to meet their procurement target. 

Product Sourcing and Use

Jurisdictions may procure recycled organic products made within their jurisdiction, such as from their area’s own organic waste, or could procure products made in other parts of the state, which could be from feedstock materials collected outside of their jurisdiction. Jurisdictions may procure recycled organic products for use or donation in their area, as well as outside of their jurisdiction.

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Direct Procurement

Jurisdictions can procure and use recovered organic waste products, like compost and mulch for city-managed public landscaping or renewable energy for city-owned vehicle fleets. Jurisdictions could also procure products, such as compost, for community giveaway projects.

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Direct Service Provider

Jurisdictions can meet their procurement requirement by contracting with a service provider that uses recovered organic waste products, like compost or renewable natural gas, on behalf of the jurisdiction. These direct service providers could include waste haulers, landscape services, or transportation services.

Recycled-Content Paper Procurement

Recycle papers

All departments in a jurisdiction that make paper purchases will be required to purchase and keep purchase records for paper products that:

  1. Contain postconsumer recycled content
  2. Are recyclable

As there is so much paper present in the solid waste disposal stream, the procurement of recycled-content and recyclable paper will grow demand for these products and support recycling to help meet the organic waste diversion goals of SB 1383.

Requirements

  • All paper purchases must contain 30 percent postconsumer recycled content, when available at no greater cost than nonrecycled products
  • Products must be recyclable as defined by FTC “Green Guides” (16 CFR 260.12)
  • Jurisdictions must require vendors to certify postconsumer content and recyclability claims

For more information on the SB 1383 recycled-content paper procurement requirements, please refer to CalRecycle’s Recycled-Content Paper Procurement web page (Coming Soon!).

Resources

Recycled Content Paper

Procurement Planning Tools

CalRecycle Contacts and Assistance

For any inquiries on the SB1383 requirements: slcp.organics@calrecycle.ca.gov

For general inquiries on bioenergy and anaerobic digestion: michelle.dewey@calrecycle.ca.gov

For general inquiries on compost/mulch: organics@calrecycle.ca.gov