•Organics waste recycling and mixed waste collection •Enhanced Outreach and Education to help businesses comply with the new recycling mandates •Edible Food Recovery Program for required businesses
EDIBLE FOOD RECOVERY PROGRAM
To reduce food waste and address food insecurity, surplus food still safe to eat will instead go to food banks, soup kitchens, and other food recovery organizations. Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people who do not have enough to eat. Edible food means food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, and surplus; prepared foods; packaged foods; and produce. The law requires the following businesses establish a food recovery program:
Tier 1, January 1, 2022: supermarkets, grocery stores over 10,000 sq. ft., food service provider, food distributor, and wholesale food vendor
Tier 2, January 1, 2024: restaurants ≥ 250 seats or 5,000 sq. ft.; hotels with onsite food facility ≥ & 200 rooms; health facility with onsite food facility ≥ 100 beds; large events and venues; state agency with cafeteria ≥ 250 seats or 5,000 sq. ft.; and schools with onsite food facility.
The City of Azusa participates in the San Gabriel Valley Regional Food Recovery Program to comply with SB 1383's food recovery mandates and significantly reduce food waste in the San Gabriel Valley. Known as one of the largest regional food recovery programs in California, this Program includes assessing commercial edible food waste generators, identifying and fostering partnerships with local food recovery organizations, implementing outreach and education endeavors, and developing and implementing inspection protocols.