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New State Law Requires all Businesses to Recycle Food Scraps and Landscape Material by 2022

New State Law Requires all Businesses to Recycle Food Scraps and Landscape Material by 2022

What you need to know and what you can expect



A new state law (SB 1383) requires all Sunnyvale businesses to set up both food and landscape material collection service by 2022 if they don’t already have it. Why is this new law requiring these changes? When we landfill food and landscape material it generates methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that causes climate change.


It is easy to set up food scrap service in cafeterias, lunchrooms, kitchens and other places where food is prepared, eaten and disposed. You can set up landscape recycling service with the City’s hauler, Specialty, or your own landscaper can take the material to a facility for composting. Many businesses find they reduce their costs when they maximize recycling and reduce garbage services.


City and Specialty staff will contact each affected business in late 2021 to assist with setting up service in 2022. Until then, we have a few resources you can check out to learn more.


· Information about food scraps recycling service.

· Information about the new organics law.



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