City of Arcata Edible Food Recovery Program

City of Arcata Press Release

The City of Arcata is preparing for California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383)  which requires all residents and businesses to reduce organic waste sent to the landfill. 

The City of Arcata is working alongside other local jurisdictions in the region to implement SB 1383  requirements, including organics recycling collection and edible food recovery. Landfilling organic  waste has significant impacts on public health and the environment. According to the Environmental  Protection Agency, organic waste accounts for a significant portion of California’s waste stream. Left to  decompose in landfills, the organic waste releases methane, a gas that traps the sun’s heat, warms the  atmosphere and contributes to climate change. Organic waste in landfills also emits air pollutants such  as fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), which contributes to health conditions like asthma. To address this  issue, Senate Bill 1383 was signed into law and targets the reduction of pollutants, including methane.  According to CalRecycle, this law will reduce the impacts of climate change by creating the opportunity  for organics to be recycled instead of going to the landfill. 

Currently, the City of Arcata has a universal solid waste and recycling collection program, which  requires that all residential, multifamily, and business property owners subscribe to one of the service  levels provided by Recology Arcata for garbage and recycling collection. When universal organics  collection becomes available in Arcata, all property owners will be required to comply in order to  compost organics rather than sending them to a landfill. 

In addition, businesses that generate large amounts of edible food will be required to have an edible food  donation program. California aims to recover 20% of edible food currently being thrown away to help  feed the one in four Californians without enough food to eat. You can learn more about the edible food  donation program at 

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