Organic Waste Management
Senate Bill 1383
California is experiencing the effects of a climate crisis, and recognizes that solid waste disposal creates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which are exacerbating our climate crisis. This has led to new State goals to reduce GHG emissions from organic waste disposal. To reduce landfill emissions of methane, a powerful short-lived climate pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide, State Law Senate Bill (SB) 1383 requires 75 percent of organic waste Statewide be diverted from landfills. SB 1383 requires local jurisdictions such as Counties and Cities to implement mandatory organic waste collection and recycling. Los Angeles County needs new infrastructure to process the organic waste collected from residents, businesses, and local government facilities.
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On June 8, 2021, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a motion instructing Public Works, in consultation with other County Departments, to provide a report with a strategy for addressing challenges to the implementation of programs and infrastructure designed to meet the goals of SB 1383 and other solid waste and sustainability objectives.
This report strongly emphasizes the critical need for infrastructure development to comply with rapidly approaching State deadlines for reducing organic waste disposal. It provides results of a Countywide organic waste processing facilities needs analysis, preliminary feasibility results for locating needed facilities at existing County waste management properties, and a recommendation to advance development of an anaerobic digestion facility to process organic waste at the Calabasas Landfill.
The report can be viewed below:
Request for Proposals
On June 9, 2022, Public Works released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to engage a private developer to design, build, own, and operate the proposed anaerobic digestion facility at the Calabasas Landfill. Public Works is currently evaluating proposals to select the highest-ranked developer. The RFP can be viewed below:
Board of Supervisors
On November 15, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) approved a motion authorizing Public Works to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Anaergia Technologies, LLC. In addition, the motion directed Public Works in coordination with the Chief Executive Office to develop a proposal for establishing a Community Advisory Committee to provide input and feedback on the proposed AD facility and report back to the Board within 120 days. The motion can be viewed below:
Old Agoura Homeowners
On August 18, 2022, Public Works presented to the Old Agoura Homeowners on the proposed anaerobic digestion facility at the Calabasas Landfill.
Calabasas City Council
On June 22, 2022, Public Works presented to the Calabasas City Council on the proposed anaerobic digestion facility at the Calabasas Landfill.
Community Association of Saratoga Hills
On May 31, 2022, Public Works presented to the Community Association of Saratoga Hills on the proposed anaerobic digestion facility at the Calabasas Landfill.
Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation
On November 14, 2022, Public Works presented to the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation on the proposed anaerobic digestion facility at the Calabasas Landfill.