What is SB1383?
SB1383, passed in California in 2016, is the most significant waste reduction mandate in the last 30 years. The law aims to combat climate change by reducing the organic waste that generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in our landfills. Under this legislation, all Californians, including Chino residents, are required to recycle organic waste.
What should you expect?
Your green yard waste cart is now your organics cart! Starting July 1, 2023, place food waste, food-soiled paper and yard waste into your green organics cart. Residential customers who don't currently have a green waste cart will be receiving an additional cart in the near future.
Your Green Waste Cart – What goes in it?
Your green waste cart is for all things organic! Here's what should go in your cart:
Food Waste: Food scraps, meats, dairy, eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, and bakery items. (Do not bag materials)
Food Soiled Paper: Coffee filters, tea bags, soiled paper bags, paper towels, napkins and uncoated takeout containers.
Yard Waste: Small tree limbs, brush, plant materials or grass. Please do not include rocks, dirt, or soil. Please limit tree branches to 3" in diameter.
Do Not Include: Loose plastic bags, food waste in plastic bags or film, compostable serveware, plastic recyclables, foam cups containers, hazardous waste, batteries, fats, oils or greases.
Top Tips for Successful Organics Recycling
- Keep a small kitchen-counter pail for organic waste while you're cooking. Empty the pail regularly into your green organics cart with your yard waste.
- Use baking soda and charcoal filters to help minimize odors.
- Keep food scraps in the fridge or freezer and empty them directly into the green waste cart on your service day to minimize odors.
- Place food waste in a paper bag.
- Line your cart with yard waste first, then place your food waste on top.
- Rinse your green waste cart as needed.
By recycling our organic waste, we contribute to the health of our city and the planet. Let’s work together, Chino, to create a more sustainable future!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I do with my food waste?
All residential customers who have green yard waste carts should deposit all their organic waste, including food scraps, into these carts. If you don't currently have a green waste cart, you'll be receiving one in the near future. Residents of multi-family properties (apartments) should consult their property managers for guidance on organic waste disposal.
2. Can I use bags in my green yard waste cart?
Green yard waste carts are strictly no plastic zones - neither regular plastic bags nor compostable bags are permitted. However, you're welcome to collect food waste in paper bags before depositing it in your green cart.
3. Are my collection days changing?
No changes here - please continue to place your carts out for collection on your regular scheduled day.
4. When can I start my organics recycling?
Those who already have a green yard waste cart can start recycling their organic waste as of July 1. For those residents who don't currently have a green waste cart (generally condos and townhomes that are part of an HOA or homes in The Preserve), you'll be receiving one in the near future. Multi-family property (apartment) residents should contact their property manager for specifics.
5. Will the City provide kitchen counter food pails?
We are providing residents with food pails at our scheduled informational workshops. Please attend one of these sessions to receive yours. Supplies are limited. Similar kitchen pails can also be purchased at major retailers and online.
Workshop 1: Wednesday, July 12 Chino City Hall Council Chambers from 6:00-7:00 PM
Workshop 2: Wednesday, July 26 Chino City Hall Council Chambers from 6:00-6:45 PM
Workshop 3: Wednesday, July 26 Chino City Hall Council Chambers from 7:00-7:45 PM
Workshop 4: Thursday, August 31 Chino Police Department Community Room from 6:00-7:00 PM
6. What happens to my organic waste once it leaves my home?
Waste Management collects your organic waste and transports it to a composting facility. Here, your organic waste is transformed into nutrient-rich fertilizer.
7. How can I ensure I'm using my carts correctly?
SB 1383 mandates monitoring carts for contamination and implementing an educational enforcement program to ensure proper recycling. Waste Management uses its Smart Truck technology to aid our community in adhering to this legislation. This technology helps identify carts that contain materials other than those specified for that cart.
8. Can I opt-out of the new organics recycling program?
Unfortunately, there are no waivers or exemptions for residential locations. As per SB 1383, the City is required to provide organics collection service to all residents, regardless of waste generation levels. All residents are obliged to participate in this service.
9. Where can I find more information?
- For more about the legislation, visit the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website at www.calrecycle.ca.gov.
- For more about the City of Chino’s organics recycling program, visit www.cityofchino.org/organics.
- For questions about your utility bill, please call 909-334-3264.