Schools

Short-Lived Climate Pollutants: Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reduction (SB 1383)

Effective on January 1, 2022,  schools and local education agencies will be required to prevent, reduce the generation of, and recycle organic waste.  Additionally, effective on January 1, 2024, schools and local education agencies with an on-site food facility will be required to recover edible food.  Information on these requirements can be found on the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP): Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reductions website for schools and local education agencies.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826)

Mandatory Organic Recycling (MORe) requires regulated entities to implement an organic waste recycling program to divert food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. 

AB 827

Effective on July 1, 2020, AB 827 supports  AB 341 and AB 1826 covered generators by making recycling and organic recycling containers available to customers. Wherever recycling or organic waste is generated, a school must provide an appropriate container adjacent to the solid waste container to capture and divert recycling and organic waste. Containers must be easily accessible, visible, and clearly labeled. CalRecycle has customizable labels available for download

Other Related School Recycling & Sustainability Laws 

Public Resources Code, sections 42620-42622 requires CalRecycle to provide assistance to school districts in establishing and implementing source reduction and recycling programs, including:

  • A survey of school districts on their level of program implementation
  • Development of a model waste reduction program
  • Training and ongoing technical and informational assistance
  • Information on programs for other states and institutions

Additionally, CalRecycle encourages each school district to establish and maintain a paper recycling program in all classrooms, administrative offices, and other areas owned or leased by the school district. These sections also encourage school districts to: 

  • Purchase recycled paper
  • Purchase the paper with the highest percentage of post-consumer waste
  • Revise procurement specifications to eliminate discrimination against recycled paper and to give preference to the purchase of recycled paper
  • Eliminate the purchase of paper and paper products, which are deemed potential contaminants of the educational agency's paper recycling program