Beginning January 1, 2022, a new California (SB 1383) that requires compostable materials to be kept out of landfills —including food scraps; food-soiled paper and cardboard; and plant trimmings — went into effect. The purpose is to prevent the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas and contributor to climate change.
In Dublin, the law is implemented under the Organics Reduction and Recycling Ordinance through a partnership between Amador Valley Industries (AVI), StopWaste, the City of Dublin, and the Alameda County Environmental Health Department. It replaces and expands on the Mandatory Composting and Recycling Ordinance that has been in place in Dublin since 2020. Per this Ordinance, residents must have compost and recycling collection services, and sort materials into the correct bins. Curbside compost and recycling containers are available and can be requested by residents of single-family homes at no additional cost from AVI.
Residents of multifamily properties should expect information on recycling and compost services from their property managers. Businesses, institutions, non-profits, and owners/managers of multifamily properties with five or more units must subscribe to compost and recycling collection service; set up color-coded and labeled indoor bins (for multifamily properties in common areas only); ensure proper sorting; and educate employees, contractors, and/or tenants about the law at least once a year and during tenant move-in and move-out.