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    West Hollywood Partners with Athens Services to Host Sustainability Town Hall

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    The City of West Hollywood, in partnership with Athens Services, is hosting a Sustainability Town Hall on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at 6:30 p.m., at the City Council Chambers at 625 San Vicente Boulevard.

    The Town Hall will be an informative session on zero waste and organic waste implementation, in line with Senate Bill 1383. Learn about sustainable waste management practices, the importance of recycling organic waste, and the City’s sustainability efforts.

    6:00PM – Doors open – the lobby will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet with City staff and Athens Services representatives.
    6:00PM – The program begins.

    The event is free and open to the public. Parking in the adjacent 5-story parking structure will be validated.

    Senate Bill 1383, a landmark legislation, aims to significantly reduce landfill waste in California by targeting organic waste disposal. This regulation, heralded as the most significant landfill waste reduction mandate in California in the last three decades, seeks to cut organic waste landfill disposal by 75% from 2014 levels by 2025. The ambitious goal translates to diverting over 20 million tons of organic waste from landfills, thereby addressing climate change and food insecurity.

    Key Requirements Under SB 1383

    Effective January 1, 2022, all California residences and businesses must sort and separately collect food scraps, yard debris, and food-soiled paper from their trash and recycling. These organic materials must be subscribed to an organics waste collection service. Local haulers should be consulted for any city-specific exceptions.

    The Importance of SB 1383

    Organic waste, such as food scraps and yard trimmings, comprises about half of the materials dumped into California’s landfills annually. When not composted, this waste generates methane, a potent climate super pollutant that is 84 times more impactful than carbon dioxide. Reducing organic waste disposal is critical to curbing these emissions and mitigating climate change.

    Impact on Businesses and Residents

    Under SB 1383, businesses are required to establish minimum service levels for landfill, recycling, and organics collection. Waste Management (WM) and other service providers offer technical assistance to help businesses determine appropriate container sizes and collection frequencies for these materials.

    Residents, including those in single-family homes and multifamily complexes, must also separate their food waste, yard waste, and food-soiled paper from regular trash. For those without an organics cart, contacting their local hauler to obtain a franchise-provided organics cart is necessary. Educational materials and signage to assist in correct sorting are available to both businesses and residents.

    Role of Local Jurisdictions

    Local jurisdictions must have programs or ordinances in place to support the implementation of SB 1383. The initial two years focus on educating the public and helping them comply with the new regulations. Additionally, jurisdictions must prepare Tier 1 and 2 commercial edible food generators for inspections to ensure compliance with edible food recovery arrangements. Public schools and government facilities are also subject to these regulations.

    Assistance and Support

    Individuals who receive a contamination notice they believe to be incorrect can seek help through various support articles and request assistance from support agents. For more detailed information and resources, visiting the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website is recommended.

    SB 1383 represents a major step forward in California’s efforts to reduce landfill waste, combat climate change, and support food-insecure communities through the recovery of edible food.

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