LOS ANGELES — To comply with a state law requiring organic waste to be reduced by 75% by 2025, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday passed a motion to expand its residential organic waste collection program from 18,000 current customers to 750,000 customers by December 31. .
Senate Bill 1383 was passed in 2016 with the goal of reducing emissions. CalRecycle, the state’s recycling and waste regulatory agency, can impose escalating penalties for noncompliance.
The council will consider asking the Office of Sanitation to expand the residential organics collection program from 18,000 customers to 40,000 by July 1 and then to 750,000 customers by December 31.
From 2022, all jurisdictions are required to provide organic waste collection services and recycle organic materials.
According to a motion behind the vote, California landfills are the third largest source of methane generated in the state, and about half of the items dumped in landfills are organic waste such as food scraps, trash garden, paper and cardboard.
This motion was brought forward by Councilors Mitch O’Farrell and Paul Koretz on October 1 to have the Office of Sanitation report on the steps needed to comply with state law.