Pinole's Mandatory Organics Recycling

Mandatory Organics Recycling

California is implementing statewide organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery in 2022 to reduce emissions of methane from food and organic waste in landfills. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gasses and a major contributor to climate change. Landfills are the third-largest source of methane in California, emitting 20% of the state’s methane. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills.

This new strategy is part of California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Law, also known as Senate Bill (SB) 1383. The law also aims to reduce food insecurity by ensuring more surplus food reaches people in need instead of being thrown away.

SB 1383 requires the state to:

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 75% by 2025.

  • Rescue at least 20% of currently disposed surplus edible food by 2025.

How will SB 1383 affect Pinole residents and businesses?
Effective, January 1, 2022, SB 1383 requires all residents, businesses, and multi-family properties, to separate organic materials (such as plant debris, food waste, food soiled papers, untreated wood waste) and recyclable materials from trash, and either subscribe to required collection services or self-haul to an appropriate facility for diversion. On December 7, 2021, the City adopted a new ordinance to amend Chapter 8.10 of the Pinole Municipal Code to reflect required organics recycling services for all residential and commercial customers, as required by SB 1383.  For more information on requirements under SB1383, please view Recycle More's SB1383 webpages that specifically apply to you:

  • Residents

  • Multi-family

  • Businesses


    What does Senate Bill (SB) 1383 edible food recovery require?

    In order to reduce unnecessary food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires the State of California to recover and redistribute or donate 20 percent of edible food that would have otherwise been sent to landfills by 2025. Jurisdictions must establish edible food recovery outreach and inspection programs; help connect certain edible food generators with food recovery organizations; and ensure there is sufficient county-wide capacity for all the recovered edible food.

    Large Food Generator Requirements:

    Large food-generating businesses (such as supermarkets and wholesale food distributors) are required to contract with an edible food recovery agency and track your recovered food.

    If your business falls within with one of the categories below, you will need to implement a surplus edible food recovery program, with a written agreement and recordkeeping process, by the effective date.


    Type of Food-Generating Business

    Effective Date to Implement

    Tier 1

    • Supermarkets with revenue ≥ $2 million

    • Grocery Stores with facilities ≥ 10,000 sq. ft.

    • Food Service Providers

    • Food Distributors

    • Wholesale Food Vendors

    January 1, 2022

    Tier 2

    • Restaurants with ≥ 250 seats or total facility size of ≥ 5,000 sq. ft

    • Hotels with an on-site food facility and ≥ 200 total rooms

    • Health Facilities with an on-site food facility and ≥ 100 beds

    • Large Permanent Venues that serve/seats > 2,000 individualsper day of operation

    • Large Events that serve an average of > 2,000 individuals per day of operation

    • State Agencies with a cafeteria and has ≥ 250 seats or a total cafeteria size of ≥ 5,000 sq. ft

    • Local School/Education Agencies with an on-site food facility

    • Farmers Markets

    January 1, 2024

    Donating Food:

    Local Food Recovery Organizations are available to collect surplus edible food in West Contra Costa County. If you have surplus edible food, contact one or more food recovery organizations listed below to make a donation plan with a written agreement. You will be required to keep records of all edible food donations for upcoming inspections. These SB 1383 requirements are enforceable through city ordinance, with potential penalties starting in 2024.

    Edible food recovery organizations and services in West Contra Costa County:

    Organization Name


    Acceptable Food Donations


    Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano(a Feeding America affiliate)

    Karen Collins - Food Resource Manager

    Email: [email protected]


    Platform for Donations:

    Bread/bakery, deli, dairy, meat, produce, dry goods (canned, packaged shelf stable).

    No opened packages accepted. All items must include appropriate product labeling AND ingredients, expiration dates and/or best-by and/or sell-by dates. Agency assigned for pick-up of donation has right to refuse any product based on temperature, packaging, and volume.

    White Pony Express

    Pete Olsen - Food Sourcing Manager

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: (925) 322-0604 x129


    Online Intake Form:

    Unpackaged produce (produce, meat, dairy, eggs, frozen items, shelf items, commercially produced food, and prepared food.

    Any hot food being donated must be safely cooled down by the donor prior to it being picked up. Any time and temperature-controlled food items requiring refrigeration must be kept refrigerated up until the food being picked up.

    For more details about Edible Food Recovery, access the RecycleMore webpage at and the CalRecycle webpage at