Beginning January 1, 2022, commercial businesses and multifamily dwellings with five or more units will be required to recycle their organic waste. This includes requiring employees to properly sort waste, and providing organic wastes bins with labels in customer areas.
As January 1, 2022 approaches, businesses will notice new labels on their garbage, recycling and organics carts. These labels will show common acceptable and unacceptable materials for each waste stream to encourage proper sorting of materials, thereby reducing recycling contamination.
Commercial Customers - Edible Food Generators
SB 1383 also requires certain businesses, known as Edible Food Generators, to participate in an edible food recovery program. The law identifies Edible Food Generators as the following:
Grocery stores with 10,000 sqft or more
Food service providers
Wholesale food vendors
Restaurants with 250 or more seats, or 5,000 sqft or more
Hotels with on-site food facility and 200 or more rooms
Health facilities with on-site food facility and 100 or more beds
State agencies with cafeteria with 250 or more seats or total cafeteria facility ≥5,000 sqft
Local education agencies with an on-site food facility.
Tier One Generators will be required to participate in an edible food recovery program no later than January 1, 2022, while Tier Two Generators will have until January 1, 2024 to participate.
The City of Vacaville is responsible for developing an edible food recovery program that will allow access to food recovery organizations and food recovery services in the local area.
The City of Vacaville and Recology Vacaville Solano are working together to develop an SB 1383 program(s) that will meet the numerous requirements of the law. Businesses will be notified throughout the coming months as details about the program(s) become available. Please continue to check this page for updates.