Kings County workshops to address climate change via food and yard waste

By The Leader Staff
Kings County workshops to address climate change via food and yard waste

Kings County will be holding three workshops to inform the public about the various requirements outlined in Senate Bill (SB) 1383, a measure adopted in 2016 to address the climate crisis by regulating food and yard waste in landfills.

According to the state, scientists have identified that greenhouse gases caused by human-like activities are causing climate change. Such activities are food and yard waste in landfills. By passing SB 1383, the state is aiming to reduce 50% of organic waste generated at 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% by 2025.

To properly meet the targets and goals of SB 1383, regulations and state enforcement went into effect on January 1, 2022. The state is mandating that waste be separated into three primary categories: compost (green waste), landfill (regular trash), and recycling. In addition to this separation, all food waste is now required to be composted along with green waste (yard waste).

No longer can food waste be disposed of along with regular trash (landfill). Another critical component of the state’s new recycling mandate is a requirement for certain businesses to recycle unused food that is still able to be safely consumed. Such unused food is to be sent to edible food recovery organizations that will re-purpose the food back into the community.

Counties, cities, and community service districts are all mandated to implement SB 1383 within their respective jurisdictions. Kings County is in the process of finalizing implementation and will hold three workshops in the community to inform the public about the various requirements of SB 1383. Below are the days, times, and locations of all three workshops. If you are interested in getting more information about how SB 1383 will impact you, please feel free to attend any of the workshops below. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Central Union School District Office (next door to the school)

15783 18th Ave.

Lemoore, CA

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Pioneer Union Elementary School Cafeteria

8810 14th Ave. 

Hanford, CA

Thursday, August 25, 2022

5:30pm – 7:00pm

City of Corcoran City Council Chambers

1015 Chittenden Ave.

Corcoran, CA

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