In September 2016, Senate Bill (SB) 1383 was signed into law requiring Californians to reduce organic waste disposal by 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025. Restaurants and residents must dispose of food waste separately from regular trash so it can be recycled as organic waste. Cities like Indio will need to approve an ordinance making organic waste recycling a requirement throughout the City. The regulations take effect in 2022. The City has been working to support the business community by meeting with restaurants to learn about the steps and barriers to food waste diversion. This understanding will help the City better assist businesses with compliance and minimize the need for enforcement.
The City of Indio held its first restaurant focus group meeting, in coordination with the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, on June 6, 2019. The next restaurant focus group meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Indio City Hall, 100 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201. To RSVP for the meeting or if you have questions, please contact Sara Toyoda, Environmental Programs Coordinator, at (760) 625-1815 or firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information on SB 1383, go to www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/SLCP/ .