Edible Food Recovery – SB 1383

​What is Senate B​ill (SB) 1383?​

In September 2016, the State set methane emission reduction target for California in Senate Bill 1383​, intended as a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (like organic waste) in various sectors of California's economy.

SB 1383 establishes statewide target to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also set a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.

​What types of businesses have to comply?

​​​​Tier 1 businesses typically have more produce, fresh grocery and shelf-stable food to donate. Examples are Wholesale food Vendors, food Service Providers, Food​ distributors and Grocery stores ≥ than 10,000 sq. ft. and Supermarkets.




​Tier 1 businesses typically have more produce, fresh grocery and shelf-stable food to donate. Examples are Wholesale food Vendors, food Service Providers, Food distrbutors and Grocery stores ≥ than 10,000 sq. ft. and Supermarkets. 

​​​Tier 2 businesses typically have more prepared foods to donate, which often require more careful handling to meet food safety requirements (e.g. time and temperature controls). Examples are Hotels with On-site Food Facility and 200+ rooms, Restaurants Facilities ≥ 5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats, Health Facilities with On-site Food Facility​ and 100+ beds, State Agency Cafeterias ≥ 5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats,​ Local Education Agencies with On-site Food Facility. ​

Tier 2 businesses typically have more prepared foods to donate, which often reguire more careful handling to meet food safety requirements (e.g. time and temperature controls). Examples are Hotels with On-site Food Facility and 200+ rooms. Restaurants Facilities ≥ 5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats. Health Facilities with On-site Food Facility​ and 100+ beds. State Agency Cafetrias ≥ 5,000 sq. ft. or 250+ seats. Local Education Agencies with On-site Food Facility.


  Why recover edible food?

  • ​Save Food: Californians send over 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste to landfills each year, of which almost 1 million tons are potentially donatable, edible food.
  • Feed People: Over 9 million Californians (23%) don't know where their next meal will come from.
  • Fight Climate Change: Food that ends up in landfills emits greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change.
For more information on SB1383

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Frequently Ask​ed Questions:

These new requirements are part of the State's SB1383 regulations. One of the provisions of SB1383 is to increase statewide edible food recovery to 20% of edible food that would otherwise be disposed by 2025.

For Tier One Edible Food Generators, the requirements go into effect starting Ja nuary 1, 2022.  For Tier Two Edible Food Generators, the requirements go into effect starting January 1, 2024.

Edible food means foods intended for human consumption.  Permitted food facilities such as restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, food processing facilities, food distributors and caterers can donate prepared foods and meals (e.g. hot trays that remained back-of-house) to non-profit charitable organizations or individuals directly.  Foods that have been previously served to a consumer cannot be donated.

The County is working on an education campaign to inform businesses about this new regulation.  In addition to this website, the County has developed a Commercial Edible Food Recovery Brochure with the regulatory highlights, and is working to identify businesses that meet the criteria as Tier One and Tier Two Edible Food Generators. The County will be reaching out to these businesses to provide information, confirm status designation, and provide businesses an opportunity to ask questions.

Please visit the CalRecycle website at Safe Surplus Food Donation Tool Kit for informat ion and resources you need to safely donate edible food.

The California State Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and the National Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act​ offers protection as long as the foods being donated are handled in a safe and sanitary manner​.

If you have been designated as a Tier One or Tier Two Edible Food Generator but do not believe this designation is accurate, you can  email commercialwaste@saccounty.gov, provide your business name, and the reason you believe the designation is in error.

Donating

Donating​​ surplus food from restaurants and other food facilities can be a sustainable and simple way to help local non-profit and charitable organizations serve those in need in our community.

Food Recovery Services & Organizations in Sacramento County Unincorporated Area

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
1951 Bell Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95838
(916) 456-1980
Accepts donations of non-perishable food from the Sacramento area ​