Feed People Not Landfills
Effective January 1, 2022 Senate Bill (SB) 1383 Short-lived climate pollutants law goes into effect. Please review the Culver City SB 1383 Commercial Brochure(PDF, 1MB) for a summary of business requirements.
Below is a list of general requirements:
- Organics recycling is required for all California businesses
- Tier 1 Commercial Food Generators are now required to establish food recovery programs (see below for more information).
- Tier 1 Commercial Food Donors must arrange to recover the maximum amount of food that would otherwise go to landfills (see below for more information).
- Both food recovery organizations and services that participate in SB 1383 must maintain records.
Tier 1 commercial food generators such as the following businesses:
- Grocery store (10,000 sq.ft.)
- Food service provider
- Food distributor
- Wholesale food vendor
will need to establish contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations.
These Tier 1 Food Donors will have to keep records of the following information to demonstrate compliance:
- Types of food recovered
- Pounds of food recovered
- Frequency that the food is recovered
Food donors will need to track the amount they donate by weight and maintain up-to-date records. Records will be submitted to the City of Culver City on a quarterly basis.
In 2024,Tier 2 businesses (below) will be required to follow SB 1383's food recovery requirements.
- Restaurant (> 250 seats or 5,000 sq.ft.)
- Hotel with onsite food facility & > 200 rooms)
- Health facility with onsite food facility & > 100 beds
- Large events and venues
- State agency with cafeteria (> 250 seats or 5,000 sq.ft.)
- Local education agency with on-site food facility
Donations are Legally Protected
There are laws in place to protect businesses when donating food.
Common Items Donated
- Whole produce and baked goods
- Prepackaged foods
- Food prepared by a permitted food facility.
Get Free Technical Assistance
Contact the Environmental Programs and Operations customer service at (310)253-6400 to assess your businesses collection service needs (trash, recycling and organics collection) or the placement of collection containers for optimum participation.
To learn more about SB 1383 regulations and timeline view CalRecycle's SB 1383 Model Food Recovery Agreement Presentation(PDF, 1MB).
Outreach and Food Reduction Tips
Save the Food: Provides planning, storage tips, and tools to reduce edible food waste. Includes
interactive storage guide, guest-imator, and tips for cooking with food scraps.
Further with Food: Users share their responses, initiatives, tools, and best practices geared to curb food
Organizations in Los Angeles County
Food DROP LA: Provides business resources including Food Donation Toolkit and Food Donation
Los Angeles Food Policy Council: Food Waste Prevention & Rescue Working Group promotes strategies
for food waste prevention, food recovery and donation, and composting. Includes #FreetheFood Impact
Guide and Los Angeles Area Food Recovery Guide.
Los Angeles County Food Redistribution Initiative: LA County Department of Public Health site
provides resources to the public about safe methods to prevent, donate, and recycle excess food. Includes
Guidance for Food Operators brochure, share table guide for schools, and additional resources.