Sacramento County’s Implementation of Senate Bill 1383

Purpose of California’s Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) ​

SB 1383 calls on residents and businesses statewide to divert edible food and organic material – food scraps, food-soiled paper, untreated wood and yard trimmings – from the landfill to:

  • Create & use beneficial compost/mulch and biogas; 
  • Expand landfill capacity by keeping organics out​; 
  • Promote food recovery to feed people not landfills; and
  • Reduce methane, the greenhouse gas byproduct of burying organics in landfills.​

Learn about California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy and SB 1383 regulations on the CalRecycle website

What Sacramento County is Doing for SB 1383 and ​Residential Collection of Organics​

SB 1383 mandates that Sacramento County Department of Waste Management & Recycling (DWMR) and jurisdictions in California ​to provide organics coll​ection service. On July 4, 2022, the Green Waste cart for yard trimmings that has been collected every other week, will be used as the Organics cart for food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings, and its service will be increased to collection every week.  

Costs of Implementing SB 1383

Implementing SB 1383 has had significant cost and policy implications to provide mandatory curbside collection of organics to all residents, which required some of the following investments, operational changes and overall compliance measures of DWMR:

  • Addition of 18 collection routes
  • Purchase of 21 automated residential collection trucks
  • Addition of 30​ intermittent and permanent employees are needed to operate new ​equipment and routes
  • Implementation of a large re-route to increase residential curbside collection efficiencies 
  • Design and construction of a new North Area Recovery Station building to manage/transfer collected residential organics
  • Procurement of recycled organic products (compost, mulch, renewable natural gas and recycled paper products)
  • Conduct inspection and enforcement of SB 1383 compliance
  • Maintain accurate and timely records required by SB 1383 
  • Report metrics and programmatic updates to CalRecycle 
  • Conduct education to residents/businesses, haulers, and edible food recovery organizations
  • Conduct regional organics capacity planning 
  • Develop edible food recovery program 

Residential Rate Increase​

Due to the unfunded State mandate for the collection of organics, the County Board of Supervisors approved a residential rate increase for curbside garbage, recycling, and green waste/organics collection at their public hearing on January 25, 2022, starting with small increment rate increases July 2022 and annually through the year 2025. ​The necessary rate increase provides sufficient revenues for the County to continue providing residential solid waste services in a cost-effective manner and regulatory compliance with new SB 1383 state regulations.

When weekly Organics collection begins, it increases the number of drivers needed, increases the amount of large equipment and facilities used, and adds costs to processor contracts to compost our organic materials with the addition of food scraps and food-soiled paper. These processes and many others, as well as operational changes, due to SB 1383, have significantly increased costs for DWMR. After implementing all applicable efficiencies, DWMR must cover its costs (without profit), resulting in the incremental rate increase. 

Starting July 2022, included in the monthly rate is one Recycling cart, one Organics cart – formerly the Green Waste cart - and a 30, 60, or 90-gallon Garbage cart. Depending on the size of the Garbage cart, the total monthly rate ranges from $31.93 to $43.46, until July 2023. Please note: the monthly rate may be more if using additional carts or services. Below is a summary of the minimum monthly DWMR rates based on Garbage cart size when organics collection begins for the County: 

  • Curbside Collection of Used Motor Oil, Used Oil Filters, and Used Cooking Oil (included in monthly rate below)
  • Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Service (included in monthly rate below)
  • Bulky Waste Pick-Up (included in monthly rate below, ​one ​scheduled pick-up every 12 months for up to 5 cubic yards)
  • Recycling Service (included in monthly rate below, bi-weekly, one cart up to 90-gallons)
  • Organics Service (included in monthly rate below, weekly, one cart up to 90-gallons)
  • Garbage Service (in monthly rate below, weekly, based on Garbage cart size​)
    • one 30-gallon cart: $31.93 (7/1/22), $33.56 (7/1/23), $35.18 (7/1/24), $36.63 (7/1/25)
    • one 60-gallon cart​: $35.77 (7/1/22), $37.59 (7/1/23), $39.41 (7/1/24), $41.03 (7/1/25)
    • one 90-gallon cart: $43.46 (7/1/22), $45.67 (7/1/23), $47.88 (7/1/24), $49.85 (7/1/25)​

Go to Residential Curbside Collection Rates and Fees for complete details on available services and rates for additional services. ​

Solid Waste Lifeline Rate Assistance Program​

DWMR is committed to providing the delivery of safe, reliable, and high quality residential curbside collection services at the lowest possible rates that are comparable to or lower than surrounding jurisdictions. Rate increases can be challenging. We encourage customers to find out if they qualify for monthly rebates through our Solid Waste Lifeline Rate Assistance Program.


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