Pasadena’s Department of Public Works will report it is “making significant progress implementing” the City’s Solid Waste Reduction Program before the City’s Environmental Advisory Commission when it meets on Tuesday, June 14. Solid Waste Reduction was earlier identified as a key climate strategy to reduce Pasadena’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as part of the Pasadena Climate Action Plan (CAP).
In a memorandum submitted to the Environmental Advisory Commission, the Public Works Department focused on progress with two Pasadena CAP measures: a citywide composting program to limit the amount of organic material being thrown into landfills, and three-bin compost systems being placed at public parks to compost all trimmings and waste on-site.
These measures are in consonance with various state laws, such as AB 1826 signed in 2014 which requires all businesses to recycle their organic waste, and SB 1383 signed in 2016 expanding organic waste recycling and requiring a 50-percent reduction in organic waste disposal by 2020 and 75-percent by 2025.
SB 1383 also requires Pasadena and other local jurisdictions to provide adequate resources for the implementation of such programs as organic waste collection service to all residents and businesses, edible food recovery and donation for commercial food businesses, education and outreach on organic waste handling, and procuring certain levels of recyclable and recovered organic products.