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State Laws

 
  • SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions (Effective 1/1/2022)

    Who is affected: various sectors of California's economy.

    This bill establishes statewide targets to achieve a 75% reduction of organic waste and recover at least 20% of edible food for human consumption from the landfill. This bill has several requirements and the information below only highlights the most commonly asked questions about the impacts related to removing organics from the waste stream.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Commercial Businesses

    Do I have to have organics service at my business?

    Yes, this is required per Municipal Code Ch. 8.6 and state law SB 1383 as part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gases from landfill disposal of organic waste. Please work with your hauler to sign up for service to be in compliance.

    If you have City trash service, please email lborganics@longbeach.gov.

    Is there a cost for this service?

    There is a cost associated with this service. Work with your haulerand consider getting quotes from multiple haulers to ensure you have a competitive rate.

    If you have City trash service your rate is in process of being determined.

    What if I don’t have space at my business for another cart? Your hauler will help you determine the capacity you have at your property to add this service and to right-size your solid waste containers.
    If I own an apartment/multi-family complex, am I required to provide organics service? Yesapartment/multifamily complex owners are required to add organics service for their buildings. Contact your hauler to set up service and for educational resources.
    Do I have to donate edible food?

    If your business qualifies as a Tier 1 Edible Food Generator, you must recover all edible food possible starting January 1, 2022. If your business qualifies as a Tier 2 Edible Food Generator, you must recover all edible food possible by January 1, 2024. We encourage all businesses to recover edible food and donate to the community in need.

    Resources for donating edible food and more information on the food recovery requirements of SB 1383.

    Can I get fined for not having organics service at my business? The City will issue Notices of Violations for non-compliance. Beginning January 1, 2024, fines will be assessed for non-compliance.
    Can my business use a landscaper that self-hauls yard debris?  Yes. Landscape services must meet the self-haul requirements according to Ordinance No. 21-0040 Section 8.60.370G.

    Residential

    When will I get organics service at my home?

    The City is developing a residential organics collection program, but like many other cities in the state, has experienced some challenges due to supply shortages and a lack of infrastructure in the area to support the processing of organic materials. Residents will receive notice of the program and educational materials prior to any new program’s implementation.

    Currently, the City offers free composting workshops and home composting bins at a reduced rate. We also offer free workshops on how to reduce waste at home, including ways to reduce food waste.

    If I live in an apartment, will I still get organics service? Yes, all single-family homes and multi-family properties are required to have the service. If you have trash service already by a private hauler, work with your landlord to reach out to them to set up this service. All private haulers already offer this service. If you have City service, please contact lborganics@longbeach.gov.
    Will the City provide resources on how to use my green cart? Yes, the City will be provide educational resources to ensure success and prevent contamination for our City organics program.
    What will be collected? Food scraps and yard debris will be collected. More info will be provided with the educational campaign prior to start of service.
    Will organics service increase my bill? Yes, the City is not able to provide this service at no cost to our residents.

    For more information, contact lborganics@longbeach.gov. 

    SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions 

  • California Green Building Standards Code (Effective 1/1/2020)

    Who is affected: contractors and builders.

    The Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Recycling Program is managed by the Office of Development Services. This program encourages permit applicants to recycle C&D material through a refundable performance deposit. Only permitted haulers may be used to haul C&D in the City of Long Beach.

    California Green Buildings Standards Code

  • AB 1826: Mandatory Organics Recycling (Effective 1/1/2016)

    Who is affected: businesses and apartment buildings.

    All commercial properties, including apartment buildings with 5 or more units, that produce 2 yards or more of solid waste per week are required to have organics recycling service.

    AB 1826: Mandatory Organics Recycling

  • SB 270: Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags (Effective 7/1/2015)

    Who is affected: supermarkets, convenience food stores, food marts, and large stores that have a pharmacy.

    The bill prohibits affected stores from distributing lightweight, single-use plastic bags and requires that all paper and reusable bags meet specified reusability, recycling, and recycled content standards. Stores covered under SB 270 shall also only sell, reusable grocery bags and recycled paper bags that meet all requirements of the law for a minimum of 10 cents ($0.10).

    SB 270: Solid Waste: Single-Use Carryout Bags

  • AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling (Effective 5/7/2012)

    Who is affected: businesses and apartment buildings.

    All commercial properties, including apartment buildings with 5 or more units, that produce 4 yards or more of solid waste per week are required to have recycling service.

    AB 341: Mandatory Commercial Recycling

  • AB 2176: Large Venues and Events (Effective 9/29/2004)

    Who is affected: large venues and events.

    • Venues and events with an average of 2,000 attendees and workers per day are required to have recycling services. 
    • If your venue or event falls into this category, you must set up waste and recycling services with one of our permitted private waste haulers. Waste haulers that do not have a permit through the City of Long Beach cannot be used.
    • Visit the Office of Special Events website for more information regarding large venues and special events. 

    AB 2176: Large Venues and Events