FAQs

What are the SB 1383 regulations for businesses?

Large food-service businesses, such as grocery stores and wholesale food vendors, are required to donate edible food to food banks, soup kitchens and other food recovery organizations. Businesses are also required to keep track of their donations through records and a written agreement with an edible food collection organization. In January 2024, this requirement will

2024-03-28T09:28:49-07:00October 31st, 2023|

How can I reduce organic waste?

Reducing your organic waste, including kitchen scraps, is a simple but incredibly effective way to impact your community—lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping to create a more sustainable planet. Play your part in organic waste reduction with these helpful tips: When grocery shopping, purchase mindfully to avoid wasted food. Create meal plans and shopping lists

2023-10-03T15:56:54-07:00October 3rd, 2023|

How do I pay my trash bill?

You have several options for paying your Universal Waste Systems (UWS) bill: To pay online, visit epay.uwscompany.com.  To pay over the phone, call (866) 410-3585.  To pay by mail, send your payment to P.O. Box 3038, Whittier, CA 90280.  To pay in person, visit 10120 Miller Way South Gate, CA 90280.  * Please note: The

2023-05-15T10:04:33-07:00May 15th, 2023|

How do I dispose of bulky items?

If you have bulky or e-waste items you need to dispose of, call UWS to schedule a pickup! Residential customers—including each unit in a multi-family household—can dispose of 10 bulky items and unlimited e-waste items per month. Customers will be asked to provide a list of the items when scheduling the pickup. Please note: commercial

2023-12-19T07:56:14-08:00May 15th, 2023|

What is organic waste?

Organic waste is any material that is compostable and comes from either a plant or an animal. Compostable waste is organic material that can be broken into carbon dioxide, methane, or simple organic molecules.

2022-12-21T10:01:02-08:00January 6th, 2022|

Why have the requirements changed?

As part of  California’s efforts to combat climate change, the State requires organics recycling to divert food waste and organic materials from entering landfills. When organic materials such as food scraps, yard trimmings, and paper decompose anaerobically (without oxygen) in a landfill, they produce methane, which is one of the most potent climate pollutants in

2023-01-04T07:31:12-08:00January 6th, 2022|

Where does organic waste go?

Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) also requires cities and counties to procure annually a quantity of recovered organic waste products (such as soil amendments) to meet their annual procurement target. Per CalRecycle, these procurement requirements will strengthen California’s green, self-sustaining economy. Demand for these products will drive infrastructure investment and create new green collar jobs

2023-01-04T07:31:49-08:00January 6th, 2022|

Where does recovered surplus edible food go?

Recovered surplus edible food is donated to food banks, homeless shelters, and other organizations for those who are food insecure. As of 2022, food service businesses must donate surplus edible food to food recovery organizations. This helps feed the almost 1 in 4 Californians without enough to eat. California has a 2025 goal to redirect

2023-01-04T07:33:16-08:00January 6th, 2022|
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