Breaking News: Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously approving to adopt ordinance complying with California’s Senate Bill 1383 reducing organic waste disposal and recycling food waste.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Needles City Clerk Dale Jones, CalRecycle and State of California (Information and Agenda Packet):

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approving to adopt ordinance complying with California’s Senate Bill 1383 reducing organic waste disposal and recycling food waste.

The unanimously vote approving Agenda Items 14 occurred regular meeting held on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street.

More details from the meeting tonight will be added soon.

In September 2016, former California Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown Jr. signed into law Senate Bill 1383 that requires all local jurisdictions in California to adopt an ordinance to reduce organics in landfills and reduce methane gas created by organic materials.

Additionally, Senate Bill 1383 aims to reduce food waste and decrease food insecurity by requiring commercial edible food generators like restaurants and grocery stores to recover food for human consumption that would be disposed of and end up in a landfill.

The goal of Senate Bill 1383 is to achieve a 75% reduction in the statewide disposal of organic waste by 2025, and to rescue for people to eat at least 20% of currently disposed surplus food by 2025.

Since being signed into law 6 years ago, some of Senate Bill 1383’s provisions are just now taking effect and will soon require all residents and businesses – unless exempt – to recycle food waste in their yard waste containers.

According to documents from the City of Needles, CalRecycle offers a low population waiver for the collection and process of organic material for up to 5 years, and the City of Needles submitted a waiver request which was approved.

CalRecycle is requesting each jurisdiction to adopt an ordinance of the intent to comply with SB1383 regulation to obtain grant funding.

As for the fiscal impact, the City of Needles said in the documents there is no fiscal impact.

The recommended action to members of the Needles City Council is to approve for Introduction Ordinance No. 648-AC Intent to Comply with Senate Bill 1383 Regulations to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

*** Agenda Packet for Agenda Item 14 (Unless otherwise noted, all downloadable agenda packets that are posted here are in a PDF file format so please make sure to have a PDF file reader or viewer): ***

CC-14-022222-Ord.648-AC Recycling

For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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