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Commercial Food Scraps

Commercial Food Scraps Collection

A new California organics law requires nearly all businesses to participate in food scraps recycling. Some food service businesses are required to donate food. Read about the requirements below.

Food Scraps Recycling Required for All Businesses in 2022

Businesses are the source of 60% of all landfill waste. Food scraps make up 30% of that amount. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, California’s Short-lived Climate Pollutant law (SB1383) requires businesses to separate food and landscape materials from the garbage. Your business needs to set up this weekly service.

Why Changes are Required

When we landfill food and landscape material it generates methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that causes climate change.?Removing these materials from the landfill reduces our impacts on climate change.

Who Needs Food Scraps Service

If your business produces two cubic yards or more of solid waste per week you must take part in the program.

Check list for your business

Setting up Your Food Scraps Service

The City and Specialty will contact your business in late 2021. We will help your business set up food scraps service for a start date in 2022. Get prepared by reading Commercial Recycling Guide or other resources below.

Commercial Food Scraps Resources

Edible Food Recovery Program

SB1383 requires some food service businesses to donate edible food to food recovery organizations. These donations will help feed the almost one in four Californians without enough to eat. It is legal to donate food Good Samaritan Food Donation Act Public Law 104-210. Depending on the size of your business donations will start in either Jan. 2022 (Tier 1) or Jan. 2024 (Tier 2).

Tier 1 Food Service Businesses – Effective Jan. 2022

  • Wholesale Food Vendors
  • Food service providers and food distributors
  • Grocery stores (facilities 10,000 square feet or more)
  • Supermarkets

Tier 2 Food Service Businesses – Effective Jan. 2024

  • Restaurants (facilities 5,000 square feet or more)
  • Hotels (with on-site food facility and 200 rooms or more)
  • Local education agencies with on-site food facility
  • Large venues and events
  • State agencies with cafeterias
  • Health facilities (with on-site food facility and 200 rooms or more)

Where to Donate Food Locally

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2021