Organic Waste Disposal Reduction
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:
Old Agoura Homeowners Association
On August 18, 2022, Public Works presented to the Old Agoura Homeowners Association 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.