Good news for residents! You don’t need to do anything different when it comes to garbage, recycling and yard trimmings. San José’s Residential Garbage & Recycling Program is compliant with SB 1383 because organics are already composted.
Just remember that food and food-soiled items belong in the garbage and not in your yard trimmings piles or carts.
Keep organic material out of your recycling container. California is implementing statewide organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery in 2022 to reduce emissions of methane from food and organic waste in landfills.
Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gasses and a major contributor to climate change. Landfills are the third-largest source of methane in California, emitting 20% of the state’s methane.
Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills.
This new strategy is part of California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Law, also known as SB 1383.