Agromin’s California Compost website (www.CaliforniaCompost.net) has added a secure customer portal that enables California jurisdictions to assess, procure and track their recycled organic waste product usage for compliance with California SB 1383. Through a free website procurement calculator, a jurisdiction can determine the quantity of products that must be acquired to meet its SB 1383 procurement requirements. Using the portal, a jurisdiction can then:
- Review Agromin’s qualified, guaranteed-compliant compost and mulch products
- Place and review orders; schedule deliveries
- Receive from Agromin procurement support staff customized procurement reports that can be submitted to CalRecycle
- Access multi-year product discounts
- Secure product availability for future procurement needs
“We wanted to make the process, from beginning to end, as easy as possible,” says Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO. “One of the challenges jurisdictions face is providing the state with the proper procurement documentation. For reporting purposes, Agromin procurement support staff prepare customized quarterly and annual reports that include procurement type and amounts. This lets jurisdictions know exactly how many tons they’ve acquired compared to what’s needed for SB 1383 compliance.”
The City of Folsom was one of the first to use CaliforniaCompost.net. “Agromin’s SB 1383 tracking service has been very helpful. It saves us the time of gathering the information ourselves,” says Sarah Vaira, recycling supervisor for the City of Folsom.
Agromin products meet all CalRecycle’s procurement requirements. Its compost is OMRI Listed. “Our products are regularly tested by outside labs to ensure they meet the state’s requirements and are free of harmful materials, pathogens or weeds seeds,” says Camarillo. “We encourage jurisdictions to lock in procurement orders early. There is currently not enough compost available if all jurisdictions wanted to meet their procurement responsibilities through compost use.”
SB 1383 was signed into law in 2016 to reduce state methane gas emissions to combat climate change by cutting down on the amount of organic waste deposited into landfills. Article 12 of SB 1383 went into effect January 1, 2022. It outlines the steps cities, counties and other jurisdictions in the state must take to procure and track recovered organic waste products. CalRecycle has assigned the amount of recycled organic waste that must be procured and used by each jurisdiction annually based on the jurisdiction’s population.