Effective January 1, 2022
Senate Bill 1383 is a new state law that requires organic material be diverted away from landfills and surplus food be made available to food insecure communities.
Milpitas Municipal Code Chapter 200 - Solid Waste Management
enforces the Senate Bill 1383 regulations.
Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills. Organic waste decomposing in landfills is a large source of methane emissions, a climate super pollutant much more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2).
By diverting organics from the landfill, you will help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Additionally, in Milpitas, food scraps and food-soiled paper are turned into an ingredient used in animal feed. This means more food for all!
How can you comply with the new law?
If you are a commercial business/multi-family generating only minimal amounts of waste, you may be eligible for the De Minimis Waiver to be in compliance.Click here for more info.
If you have a split-cart for garbage/food scraps, you are already in compliance! Keep up the good work by continuing to separate all food scraps and food soiled paper and placing them in the brown side/food scraps side of your split-cart.
All businesses and multi-family properties will need to have organic waste collection services (yard trimmings and food scraps). Contact Milpitas Sanitation, Inc. to sign up for collection services (408-988-4500 or www.milpitassanitation.com).
Large grocery stores and food distribution businesses must donate edible food to food recovery organizations (such as food banks) with other food businesses starting food donations in 2024. To find out if you are required to donate excess edible food, visit: www.sccfoodrecovery.org.
Organic waste includes yard trimmings,
food scraps, paper, and cardboard.
What do I need to do?
What happens if I choose not to participate and do not subscribe to food waste collection?
I need help to determine how if my service is adequate. Who do I contact?
I am a business that regularly deals with food. Do I have to donate my edible food?
I need more information. Where can I learn more about SB 1383?
I have questions, is there someone that I can contact in the City of Milpitas?
To submit an online complaint, click this online complaint form (also available in Chinese and Vietnamese).
You can print out and mail this complaint form (also available in Chinese and Vietnamese).