Organic Waste Recycling

Organic Waste Recycling

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Overview

Recycling organic waste is California’s ambitious new effort to combat climate change. Residents and businesses are now required by law to separate food scraps, yard waste, and other organic materials from the rest of their garbage.

For decades, organic waste has been dumped in landfills, where it releases harmful methane gas as it decomposes. This gas traps heat in the atmosphere, exacerbating already rising temperatures and undermining California’s actions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

According to CalRecycle, reducing organic waste in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis. By 2025, the state aims to reduce organic waste by 75 percent and rescue at least 20 percent of edible food that is thrown out.

Yet in Fall 2020, CalRecycle reported that the state does not have the organics recycling infrastructure necessary to fully support compliance with the new law.  

The Little Hoover Commission’s upcoming study on this issue will assess how California’s organics recycling law is implemented, examine what impact it has on the state’s environmental goals, and provide recommendations to the Governor and Legislature for any changes.

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Ethan Rarick at Ethan.Rarick@lhc.ca.gov. To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please subscribe to Little Hoover Commission updates: https://bit.ly/LittleHooverNews.

 

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  • September 22
    2022
    Advisory Committee Roundtable on Organic Waste Recycling
    Noon, Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom Online: https://bit.ly/3w6E
    Advisory Committee Meeting
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Advisory Committee Roundtable on Organic Waste Recycling
    Noon
    Thursday, September 22, 2022
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 924-3865-2187
    Password: 537582
     

    1. Advisory Committee Roundtable on Organic Waste Recycling

              a. Welcome and Introduction

              b. Advisory Committee Discussion

              c. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

    Participant List:

     

     

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 15, 2022

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 8 on organic waste recycling. The Commission will also hold an an Advisory Committee Roundtable on this topic on Thursday, September 22. The events will start at noon and will be conducted via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by August 18 for the August 25 hearing, by September 1 for the September 8 hearing, and by September 15 for the September 22 hearing.

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  • September 8
    2022
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 3)
    Noon.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 3)
    Noon
    Thursday, September 8, 2022
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 960 1768 7936
    Password: 062402
     

    1. Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 3)

    a. Shereen D’Souza, Deputy Secretary, Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

    b. Rachel Machi Wagoner, Director, California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle)

    c. Matthew Botill, Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

    d. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

     

    Registration for the hearing is not required but if you wish to add the event to your calendar or you would like to receive additional information about the study, please sign up for the event on Eventbrite.

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 15, 2022

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 8 on organic waste recycling. The Commission will also hold an an Advisory Committee Roundtable on this topic on Thursday, September 22. The events will start at noon and will be conducted via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by August 18 for the August 25 hearing, by September 1 for the September 8 hearing, and by September 15 for the September 22 hearing.

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  • August 25
    2022
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 2)
    Noon
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 2)
    Noon
    Thursday, August 25, 2022
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 981-2706-9836
    Password: 372287
     

    1. California's Requirements for Diversion of Organic Waste

    a. Edible Food Recovery

    Becky Silva, Director of Government Relations, California Association of Food Banks (Presentation)

    b. Implementing SB 1383 in Rural Jurisdictions

    Staci Heaton, Deputy Executive Director, Rural Counties Environmental Joint Powers Authority (ESJPA); Senior Policy Advocate, Rural County Representatives of California (Written Testimony, Presentation)

    Jared Carter, Deputy Public Works Director, County of Madera

    c. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

    Registration for the hearing is not required but if you wish to add the event to your calendar or you would like to receive additional information about the study, please sign up for the event on Eventbrite.

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 15, 2022

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 8 on organic waste recycling. The Commission will also hold an an Advisory Committee Roundtable on this topic on Thursday, September 22. The events will start at noon and will be conducted via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by August 18 for the August 25 hearing, by September 1 for the September 8 hearing, and by September 15 for the September 22 hearing.

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  • July 6
    2022
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 1)
    10:30 a.m., Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 East
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 1)
    10:30 A.M.
    Wednesday, July 6, 2022


    Join in-person:
    Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus
    4901 East Carson Street
    Building T, Room 1100
    Long Beach, California 90808

    Join via Zoom:
    URL: https://bit.ly/3tYHgWk
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 970-9118-3515
    Password: 594355
     

    1. California's Requirements for Diversion of Organic Waste

    MORNING SESSION: 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

    a. Welcome
    • Uduak-Joe Ntuk, President, Board of Trustees, Long Beach City College
     
    b. Introductory Remarks
    • Anthony Rendon, Speaker, California State Assembly
     
    c. Panel 1: Overview of SB 1383 and Organic Waste
    • Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy, Californians Against Waste (Presentation
     
    d. Panel 2: Grassroots Organics Recycling
     
    AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:15 PM to 3:30 PM
     
    e. Panel 3: Local Government Perspectives on Implementing SB 1383
    • Barbara Romero, Director and General Manager, LA Sanitation and Environment
    • Sharon Green, Legislative & Regulatory Programs Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Presentation
    • Coby Skye, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Public Works
     
    f. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total) 
     
    Registration for the hearing is not required but if you wish to let us know how you plan on attending the event or you would like to receive additional information about the study, please sign up for the event on Eventbrite.
     
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 24, 2022

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926
     

    Notice of Hearing and Business Meeting

    On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10:30 a.m. on organic waste recycling and a business meeting beginning at noon. Both the hearing and business meeting will be held in Building T, Room 1100, on the Liberal Arts Campus of Long Beach City College at 4901 East Carson Street in Long Beach, California and at 15 Henry Street in Southampton, New York. The hearing will also be accessible via Zoom.

    Members of the public can attend the hearing in person or listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3tYHgWk. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 970-9118-3515. The password is 594355. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.

    Public comments will be heard at the end of the public hearing and the start of the business meeting and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes. The events may be cancelled without notice. Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearing or business meeting may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, June 29, 2022.

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  • September 22
    2022
    Advisory Committee Roundtable on Organic Waste Recycling
    Noon, Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom Online: https://bit.ly/3w6E
    Advisory Committee Meeting
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Advisory Committee Roundtable on Organic Waste Recycling
    Noon
    Thursday, September 22, 2022
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 924-3865-2187
    Password: 537582
     

    1. Advisory Committee Roundtable on Organic Waste Recycling

              a. Welcome and Introduction

              b. Advisory Committee Discussion

              c. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

    Participant List:

     

     

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 15, 2022

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 8 on organic waste recycling. The Commission will also hold an an Advisory Committee Roundtable on this topic on Thursday, September 22. The events will start at noon and will be conducted via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by August 18 for the August 25 hearing, by September 1 for the September 8 hearing, and by September 15 for the September 22 hearing.

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  • September 8
    2022
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 3)
    Noon.
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 3)
    Noon
    Thursday, September 8, 2022
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 960 1768 7936
    Password: 062402
     

    1. Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 3)

    a. Shereen D’Souza, Deputy Secretary, Climate Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

    b. Rachel Machi Wagoner, Director, California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle)

    c. Matthew Botill, Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

    d. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

     

    Registration for the hearing is not required but if you wish to add the event to your calendar or you would like to receive additional information about the study, please sign up for the event on Eventbrite.

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 15, 2022

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 8 on organic waste recycling. The Commission will also hold an an Advisory Committee Roundtable on this topic on Thursday, September 22. The events will start at noon and will be conducted via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by August 18 for the August 25 hearing, by September 1 for the September 8 hearing, and by September 15 for the September 22 hearing.

    Video
  • August 25
    2022
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 2)
    Noon
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA:
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 2)
    Noon
    Thursday, August 25, 2022
     
    Join Online or By Phone Via Zoom
    Toll Free Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 981-2706-9836
    Password: 372287
     

    1. California's Requirements for Diversion of Organic Waste

    a. Edible Food Recovery

    Becky Silva, Director of Government Relations, California Association of Food Banks (Presentation)

    b. Implementing SB 1383 in Rural Jurisdictions

    Staci Heaton, Deputy Executive Director, Rural Counties Environmental Joint Powers Authority (ESJPA); Senior Policy Advocate, Rural County Representatives of California (Written Testimony, Presentation)

    Jared Carter, Deputy Public Works Director, County of Madera

    c. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total)

    Registration for the hearing is not required but if you wish to add the event to your calendar or you would like to receive additional information about the study, please sign up for the event on Eventbrite.

    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 15, 2022

     

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926

    Notice of Events

    The Little Hoover Commission will conduct public hearings on Thursday, August 25 and Thursday, September 8 on organic waste recycling. The Commission will also hold an an Advisory Committee Roundtable on this topic on Thursday, September 22. The events will start at noon and will be conducted via Zoom.

    Members of the public are encouraged to listen to the events by joining online or by phone. The Zoom information and phone number for accessing the events are included below with each event's agenda and also on our website. We highly recommend members of the public access the events through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone. The events will also be livestreamed on the Commission's Facebook page.

    During the events, members of the public may indicate to staff that they wish to make public comment by using the “raise” hand feature in Zoom or sending an email to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov with your question and the phone number from which you have joined the event. Public comments will be heard at the end of the events and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes.

    Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The events may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by August 18 for the August 25 hearing, by September 1 for the September 8 hearing, and by September 15 for the September 22 hearing.

    Video
  • July 6
    2022
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 1)
    10:30 a.m., Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 East
    Public Hearing
    Agenda
    AGENDA
    Hearing on Organic Waste Recycling (Part 1)
    10:30 A.M.
    Wednesday, July 6, 2022


    Join in-person:
    Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus
    4901 East Carson Street
    Building T, Room 1100
    Long Beach, California 90808

    Join via Zoom:
    URL: https://bit.ly/3tYHgWk
    Phone: (888) 788-0099
    Webinar ID: 970-9118-3515
    Password: 594355
     

    1. California's Requirements for Diversion of Organic Waste

    MORNING SESSION: 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

    a. Welcome
    • Uduak-Joe Ntuk, President, Board of Trustees, Long Beach City College
     
    b. Introductory Remarks
    • Anthony Rendon, Speaker, California State Assembly
     
    c. Panel 1: Overview of SB 1383 and Organic Waste
    • Nick Lapis, Director of Advocacy, Californians Against Waste (Presentation
     
    d. Panel 2: Grassroots Organics Recycling
     
    AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:15 PM to 3:30 PM
     
    e. Panel 3: Local Government Perspectives on Implementing SB 1383
    • Barbara Romero, Director and General Manager, LA Sanitation and Environment
    • Sharon Green, Legislative & Regulatory Programs Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Presentation
    • Coby Skye, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Public Works
     
    f. Public Comment (3 minutes per speaker, limited to 30 minutes total) 
     
    Registration for the hearing is not required but if you wish to let us know how you plan on attending the event or you would like to receive additional information about the study, please sign up for the event on Eventbrite.
     
    Public Notice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    June 24, 2022

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
    (916) 445-0926
     

    Notice of Hearing and Business Meeting

    On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing beginning at 10:30 a.m. on organic waste recycling and a business meeting beginning at noon. Both the hearing and business meeting will be held in Building T, Room 1100, on the Liberal Arts Campus of Long Beach City College at 4901 East Carson Street in Long Beach, California and at 15 Henry Street in Southampton, New York. The hearing will also be accessible via Zoom.

    Members of the public can attend the hearing in person or listen to the hearing by joining online or by phone. Click the URL to join online: https://bit.ly/3tYHgWk. To join via phone, call toll free from the U.S. by dialing (888) 788-0099. The webinar ID is 970-9118-3515. The password is 594355. We highly recommend members of the public access the hearing through the Zoom app. Please visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to download the Zoom app onto a computer or smartphone.

    Public comments will be heard at the end of the public hearing and the start of the business meeting and will be limited to three minutes per speaker and to a total of 30 minutes. The events may be cancelled without notice. Witnesses may be taken out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum. The hearing or business meeting may be cancelled without notice.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Little Hoover Commission at (916) 445-2125 or littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov by Thursday, June 29, 2022.

    Video