2021 – Assembly Bill 734 (Garcia, Eduardo), Organic Waste Reduction Goals: Edible Food (2-Year)
Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in consultation with CARB, to adopt regulations to reduce disposal of organic waste in landfills for the purpose of meeting methane emissions reduction goals. The bill would revise the existing requirement included in CalRecycle’s regulations that, by 2025, at least 20 percent of edible food, which would otherwise be disposed of, be recovered for human consumption. The bill would allow food recovered pursuant to this requirement to also be used for animal or livestock consumption. Additionally, the bill would establish a baseline of January 1, 2022 for the amount of edible food that must be recovered. Was not heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.