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Cal Recycle Slow to Resubmit SB 1383 Organic Waste Regulations to OAL

June 18, 2020

Cal Recycle staff recently announced they are still finalizing the re-submission of an updated 1383 Organic Waste Diversion regulations package to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). This announcement came during Cal Recycle’s regularly scheduled monthly public meeting. Earlier this year in March, a final draft of SB 1383 regulations that had been submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for review was rejected for failure to meet clarity and necessity standards, and other procedural requirements. This rejection required Cal Recycle to make changes to the draft which they are still finalizing. Staff also expressed that there is a hard deadline for resubmittal by the first week of September with an expectation that the regulations could be resubmitted before that time.

Cal Recycle also recently cancelled a state-wide webinar regarding the regulations that had been scheduled for earlier week. Despite these recent setbacks and advocacy for delayed implementation from a coalition of local government and waste management advocates in the face of COVID-19, the agency has stated that it must closely follow the statutory deadlines as required by SB 1383 (Lara 2016). These regulations will implement a new expansive organic waste diversion program will take effect in 2022. The implementation of this new program is expected to require billions of dollars of infrastructure investment and is likely to lead to higher waste management rates. CSAC has been working closely with Cal Recycle on the development of these regulations since early 2017 and has provided many detailed comment letters during that time. The CSAC AENR team will continue to monitor the movement of these regulations.

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