Organic Waste

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SB 1383

Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy Mandatory 

commercial  and residential organics recycling

As of January 1, 2022 all residents and businesses are provided with organics collection services! 

Residents can add accepted food scraps to their green curbside cart! Residents in multifamily residences can participate in food scrap collection too. Ask your property manager about the new collection – where the cart will be and when they will have it on site. 

Business can add accepted food scraps to their green containers.

Food scrap collection is part of the implementation of California’s legislation (SB 1383) addressing climate pollutants and wasted food.




Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. For help on composting at home click here.


What food scraps are accepted in the green cart?

All unpackaged food scraps are accepted with the exception of raw meat, oil and liquids. This includes the inedible parts of food, food scraps, spoiled food and trimmings from food preparation. Please remove all packaging, including paper, plastic, glass, and metal and recycle what you can. Reuse the twist ties and the rubber bands, but please don’t put them in the green cart. They can contaminate the end product, compost.

As always, grass clipping, flowers, and vegetation clippings continue to be accepted in the green cart.

More information and answers to frequently asked questions are available at ReGen.

SB 1383 Waiver

Businesses and Multifamily Units may be exempt from the mandatory organics recycling if they meet the de minimis or physical space criteria. Click here to learn more.

Edible Food Recovery Program

To meet the mandated statewide goal of reducing methane gas, SB 1383 requires a robust food recovery program requiring certain food businesses to send the maximum amount of edible food they would otherwise dispose to food recovery organizations.

Tier One Food Generators (starting Jan. 1, 2022)

Tier Two Food Generators (starting Jan 1, 2024)

Food Recovery Organizations

All in Monterey
1650 Sonoma Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church 
1475 La Salle Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

Salvation Army Sand City
800 Scott Street, Sand City, CA 93955
Food Bank for Monterey County
353 W. Rossi Street, Salinas, CA 93907