In September 2016, Governor Edmund Brown Jr. set methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). This regulation, formally known as Senate Bill 1383 (“SB 1383”), went into effect in 2022 and establishes two main targets:
Organic waste, which is any material that is biodegradable and comes from a plant or an animal, produces large amounts of methane when disposed of in a landfill. This significantly contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change. Climate change has many widespread impacts. This includes increased risk of extreme weather events such as stronger hurricanes, droughts, and heatwaves. Climate change can also increase levels of smog, exacerbating asthma and respiratory diseases.
In California, organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills and is the third largest source of methane in the state. Reducing the disposal of these items in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. Additionally, organic waste diverted from landfill can be made into nutrient-rich compost, a process that creates jobs and supplies residents with fresh, healthy soil.
Beginning in 2022, SB 1383 requires every jurisdiction to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses. Alhambra’s exclusive refuse hauler, Republic Services, is reaching out to all residents and businesses to incorporate green bins to your collection service. These green bins accept organic waste, such as food scraps, yard trimmings, food-soiled paper, and nonhazardous wood waste. Please see the Organics Waste Recycling Program tab for more information on what you can place in your green bin.
If you are a commercial business and believe you generate below a certain amount of organic waste material as pursuant to A.M.C. 6.18.040, you may apply for a de minimis waiver. If you are a commercial business or multi-family residential property owner and believe your property lacks the physical space to accommodate a three-container collection system, you may apply for a physical space waiver. Download and complete a copy of the Organic Waste Recycling Waiver and email it to Republic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Representatives from Republic Services and Alhambra City Hall will follow up with an inspection for verification.
Please contact Republic Services for any questions regarding organic waste collection or to set up services at email@example.com or (800) 299-4898.
Californians send 11.2 billion pounds of food to landfills each year, some of which was still fresh enough to have been recovered to feed people in need. While billions of meals go to waste, millions of Californians don’t have enough to eat.
The City is working with Republic Services and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments in creating a food recovery program in compliance with SB 1383.
Beginning January 1, 2022, certain types of businesses (labeled as edible food generators) will be required to donate all of their excess edible food to food recovery organizations and services. Tier 1 Businesses are required to donate starting in 2022, and Tier 2 Businesses are required to donate starting in 2024.
To ensure that the maximum amount of edible food is recovered, the regulations require that mandated food donors establish contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations and services.
Food recovery organizations and services vary in the amount and types of food they can receive, so mandated food donors may need to establish contracts or written agreements with multiple food recovery organizations and services to be in compliance.
CalRecycle has released a Model Food Recovery Agreement.
SB 1383 requires mandated food donors to maintain records of their food donation activities.
The City of Alhambra will monitor compliance of edible food generators by requesting the following types of records during inspections:
Food recovery organizations and services that have a contract or written agreement with a mandated food donor are required to maintain records of the food they receive from each mandated food donor. This includes:
Please contact each agency below directly to establish a written contract or agreement.
Additional food recovery organizations can be found on LA County’s Food Drop Program.
|Agency||Physical Address||Collection Service Area||Type of Food Accepted||Contact||Distribution|
|Alhambra Teachers Association (ATA)||3030 W. Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801||San Gabriel Valley||Fresh and frozen donations of all kinds. Will accept diapers, baby formula, baby food, adult diapers, and occasionally childrens’ clothing and school supplies.||(626) 289-1933||Food distribution is alternating Wednesdays 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. ATA does not ask for ID and will never turn anyone away. Visit ATA's Facebook page for more information. Call directly if dates do not work.|
|All Souls Catholic Church||29 S Electric Ave., Alhambra, CA 91801||San Gabriel Valley||All nonperishables, fresh fruits, and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, and fish.||(626) 281-0466,
|Food distribution is once a month (third Thursday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.). Call office directly for more information.|
|Asian Youth Center||100 W. Clary Ave,
San Gabriel, CA 91776
|San Gabriel Valley||Nonperishable, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry and fish.||Yajaira Mansilla: Food Program Manager, (626) 536-3421, firstname.lastname@example.org||Food distribution is every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. and every Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, please call (626) 537-0954.|
|Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation||9620 Flair Drive, El Monte, CA 91731||San Gabriel Valley||Preference for fresh fruits and vegetables.||Please schedule an appointment before donating.
• Flora Yeh: Volunteer coordinator of Charity Programs, Tzu Chi Foundation Headquarters, (310) 420-7762, email@example.com
• James Chen: Director of San Gabriel Valley Service Center, (626)757-6379, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sabrina Ho: Program Manager, (909) 447-7799 extension 6611, email@example.com
|Food distribution is by appointment and every 2nd Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in Gabrielino High School (subject to change without notice).|
|First Baptist Church of Alhambra||101 S Atlantic Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91801||County of Los Angeles||All nonperishables, fresh fruits, and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, and fish.||Alex Liao: Director of Chinese Ministries, (626) 822-1508, firstname.lastname@example.org||Food distribution is every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., or until the food is gone. They begin registration at 12:00 p.m. They ask for names, addresses, and how many people are in the household, but won't ever ask for proof of address.|
10539 Humbolt St., Los Alamitos, CA 90720
|County of Los Angeles||All nonperishables, fresh fruits, and vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, and pre-made food.||Please contact Chris Wong directly to schedule collection pickup dates directly from your business.
Chris Wong: (562) 283-1400 extension 105, email@example.com
Food is picked up directly from businesses through Food Forward and donated to other food pantries for no charge to you.
Self-haulers that are commercial businesses (including multi-family residential dwellings) shall keep a record of the amount of organic waste delivered to each solid waste facility, operation, activity, or property that processes or recovers organic waste; this record shall be subject to inspection by the City. The records shall include the following information:
Please contact Joris Eigirdas at Alhambra City Hall with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 570-3249.