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Madera County Board of Supervisors Provide Direction on SB1383

Madera, Calif. – At the Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting today, Supervisors gave direction to County staff regarding the implementation of state mandated organic waste collection services pursuant to SB1383.

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016). SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. On November 3, 2020, the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) received a Notice of Approval of Regulatory Action from the Office of Administrative Law adopting the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) regulations. These regulations are final and went into effect on January 1, 2022. This law (SB 1383) and the adopted regulations imposes certain obligations that affect Madera County, its waste franchise haulers, residents, and businesses.

The Solid Waste team developed and presented a list of proposed options for organic waste collection services for the Board’s consideration. The options were developed as part of a lengthy process. Those included in the discussions were the County’s Solid Waste Consultant (HDR Engineering), CalRecycle, Rural Counties Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority, citizen outreach, review of and discussions with other counties, and input from the County’s franchise haulers.

The options presented were:

Option 1: Non-Mandatory Collection with Full Waivers

Option 2: Mandatory Collection with Residential and Commercial Organics Collection Waivers

Option 3: Mandatory Collection with Only Commercial Organics Collection Waivers

Option 4: High-Diversion Organics Processing Facility

The Board of Supervisors unanimously selected Option 1:

  • There would be no mandatory collection requirement.
  • Organics and recyclables would be source separated.
  • SB 1383 compliant organics collection services would only be offered in the census tracts subject to SB 1383 (75 persons/sq mile) based on 2020 census data as mapped.
  • Services provided by franchisee would include 2 (grey/blue) or 3-cart (grey/blue/green) subscription service.
  • Organics collection (green cart) would be by opt-in.
  • All residents and businesses within SB 1383 compliance areas must demonstrate compliance with SB 1383 regulations by either:

– Subscribing to collection service.

– Demonstrating de minimis generation (to be defined).

– Self-hauling.

– On-site management.

– Shared service (maximum 2 properties per service).

  • County would be responsible for compliance oversight.

The Board provided direction to staff to proceed with preparing an ordinance amendment consistent with Option 1 to bring back for consideration and to continue looking into alternative funding sources to cover the costs of implementing SB 1383.

Further information can be found regarding this agenda item 7f by accessing the Link or by contacting the Madera County Public Works Department at (559) 675-7811.

Additional information on the state mandated regulations on diversion of organic waste can be found here: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp

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