Mandatory Organics Recycling

New State Law and Required Ordinance! 

In 2016, California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 was signed into law by Governor Brown and establishes state-wide targets to reduce the disposal of organic waste and edible food. The regulations become effective on January 1, 2022, and applies to all persons or entities that generate organic waste. 

As a part of this new law:

  • All businesses and residents must be enrolled in organic waste or “green waste” collection services
  • All businesses and residents will be required to properly sort materials for disposal  
    • Organics in the green waste cart, 
    • Recyclables in the recycling cart, and 
    • Only garbage in the cart intended for the landfill. 

On December 7, 2021, the City adopted a new ordinance to amend the municipal code to reflect required organics services for all residential and commercial customers, as required by SB 1383. 

The City is mandated by the state to establish and enforce this ordinance to implement organic waste reduction programs.

Below is the presentation associated with establishing the new ordinance linked above:

City Council Meeting, November 16, 2021

For more information about SB 1383 or technical assistance on composting and recycling (including training and free educational materials) email or call City staff at (510) 559-7686. To subscribe to green waste services, please contact East Bay Sanitary at (510) 237-4321. 

What is Organic Waste?

Examples Include:
  • Food scraps
  • Food soiled paper 
  • Yard clippings
  • Vegetative matter
East Bay Sanitary (EBS) collects this material and delivers it to the approved organic materials processing facility (located at 1 Parr Blvd, Richmond) for composing!

Contact EBS directly to subscribe to organics services at 510.237.4321.
  1. Residential Requirements
  2. Business Requirements
  3. Multi-Family Requirements

What does this mean for Residents?

City of El Cerrito residents, living in single-family homes, and multi-family complexes of less than five units, are largely already provided with weekly curbside recycling and organic waste collection services. Under SB 1383, all residents are required to not only subscribe to and participate in three stream curbside collection services (trash, recycling, organics) they are also required to properly sort their organic waste into the correct container (green waste container). Over the coming year, more education and outreach will be done to help residents understand how to properly sort their organics and other materials.