SB 970, as amended, Leyva. Organic food waste diversion.
Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to identify and recommend actions to address permitting and siting challenges and to encourage the continued viability of the state’s organic waste processing and recycling infrastructure, in partnership with the California Environmental Protection Agency and other specified state and regional agencies. Existing law requires the department to cooperate with local jurisdictions and industry to provide assistance for increasing the feasibility of organic waste recycling and to identify certain state financing mechanisms and state funding incentives and post this information on its Internet Web site.
This bill would
begin delete require, by June 1, 2017,end delete the department, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to develop a pilot program begin delete that encouragesend delete cost effective and efficient integrated organic food waste diversion begin delete projects.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the
2Regional Integrated Organics Diversion and Beneficial Utilization
The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
5(a) The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
6(Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health
7and Safety Code) establishes a policy to reduce emissions of
8greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020 and to continue those
9reductions of greenhouse gases beyond 2020.
10(b) The critical role that short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs)
11must play in the state’s climate efforts is recognized in Chapter
124.2 (commencing with Section 39730) of Part 2 of Division 26 of
13the Health and Safety Code, which requires the State Air Resources
14Board to develop a strategy to reduce the emissions of SLCPs.
15(c) California must achieve deep reductions in the emissions of
16SLCPs by 2030 to meet potential or actual future greenhouse gas
17emissions targets and air quality goals.
18(d) Intensified state and global action to reduce the emissions
19of SLCPs is the only way to immediately slow global warming
20and manage the damaging effects of climate change.
21(e) California has clear goals to reduce waste and to divert
22organic materials from landfills and put them to beneficial use.
23The state has a target to reduce landfilling of solid waste by 75
24percent by 2020.
25(f) Organic waste constitutes more than one-third of California’s
26waste stream. Food waste alone accounts for about five million
27tons of landfilled organics each year.
28(g) Efforts to divert organics from landfills and develop
29infrastructure that makes best use of the material are key elements
30of an integrated strategy.
6 Significant efforts to divert organic materials from
begin delete landfills
begin delete emissionsend delete and begin delete developend delete
8 low or negative carbon
begin delete fuelsend delete should be encouraged by state policies.
11 As future clean energy investments are planned and
12implemented, state officials should ensure targeted investment,
13regional cooperation, and public-private partnerships are utilized
14 to maximize the state’s organics
15diversion efforts and achieve cost effective and environmentally
16beneficial reductions in the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Section 42649.88 is added to the Public Resources
18Code, to read:
By June 1, 2017, the department, in consultation
20with the State Air Resources Board and the State Energy Resources
21Conservation and Development Commission, shall develop a pilot
22program that encourages cost-effective and efficient integrated
23organic food waste diversion projects. The pilot program shall
24give priority to projects that are based on regional cooperation and
25provide the following benefits:
26(a) Cost-effective utilization of existing anaerobic digestion
27capacity at public wastewater agencies.
28(b) Making the best use of diverted organics, including the
29production of low or negative carbon transportation fuels.
30(c) Direct or
indirect reduction in the emissions of criteria air
32(d) Effective use of public-private partnerships.
33(e) Environmental benefits for disadvantaged communities, as
34identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code.
35(f) Local job creation.