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Monday, Jul 22, 2024

Trash – There is a whole lot more to it than you think!

While we have all taken trash pick-up for granted, the State of California has changed all of that.  Legislation was passed that has gone into effect and has made significant changes in how we dispose of our trash.  Now there are mandatory recycling changes that went into effect January 1, 2022 with enforcement beginning on January 1 2024.  Senate Bill 1383 deals with reducing organic waste in landfills to reduce the generation of methane emissions from the State’s landfills.  Organic waste includes paper, cardboard, food scraps, food-soiled paper, yard materials, and other products from plants and animals.  If you have not noticed already, you will begin seeing changes to trash collection in your community.  Individual trash cans or bins for specific types of “trash” with signs or color coded.  Additionally, information will be provided by the trash hauler providing services to your community.  Each jurisdiction may implement this program slightly differently, so it is important to become familiar with how these new regulations are being implemented in your community.  CalRecycle is a good resource: visit