Statement on SB 1383
In 2016, former governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1383 in an effort to reduce methane emissions in the State of California. Landfills are the third largest source of methane in California while organic waste such as food scraps, yard clippings, and paper products make up about half of all the material in our landfills. This organic waste generates methane as it decomposes. SB 1383 will require residents to discard their food scraps in their green cart along with yard clippings. Redirecting organic waste to recycling facilities will help reduce the amount of material in our landfills and repurpose organic waste into useful items such as compost, biofuels, and electricity. The goal of SB 1383 is to reduce organic waste disposal statewide by 75% by the year 2025.
The City of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is committed to complying with SB 1383, which went into effect on January 1, 2022. DPU is currently working on a strategy to implement SB 1383 and outreach to our customers. At this time, customers should continue to discard their food scraps in the gray cart until such time that the City and local haulers have established a protocol to accept organic food waste.