August 17, 2022

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Senate Bill (SB)-1383 – Recycling Organic Waste is Now the Law for Everyone in California!

** Looking for some quick FAQs and information regarding SB 1383? CLICK HERE  **

In September 2016, the Governor set methane emissions reduction targets for California (SB 1383 Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP). California must:

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 50% by 2020 and 75% by 2025.
  • Rescue at least 20% of currently disposed surplus food by 2025 for people to eat.

Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump into landfills each year. Reducing short-lived climate super pollutants, like organic waste, will help the current climate crisis.

Organic waste that goes to landfills emits greenhouse gas and other pollutants: 

  • 20% of the state’s methane, a climate super pollutant 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Air pollutants like PM 2.5, which contributes to health conditions such as asthma.

 

Timeline for Implementation of SB 1383

January 1, 2022 – CalRecycle’s regulations to meet the organic waste reduction targets take effect and are enforceable on this date.

January 1, 2024 – Jurisdictions may impose penalties for non-compliance on regulated entities subject to their authority.

January 1, 2025 – By this date, the state must achieve a 75% reduction in the level of statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level. In addition, not less than 20% of currently disposed edible food must be recovered for human consumption. 

 

Who’s Affected? 

How to Participate in Organic Waste Programs to be Compliant with SB 1383.

RESIDENTS

Use Existing Organic Waste Cart: Residents can participate in organics programs provided by the Franchised service provider, Republic Services offers the disposal of green waste (yard waste) and organic waste (food waste) in the green lid cart you currently use.    NOTE – Compostable bags are not currently allowed.  Please check back for updates as this is expected to change in early 2022.   

Self-Haul: Subscribing to trash, green waste (organic waste) and recycling services in Suisun City is mandatory unless granted an exemption from the City of Suisun City.  

Use a Backyard Compost Bin: Compost your green material, food soiled paper (uncoated), and food scraps at home. Learn more about backyard composting. 

MULTIFAMILY COMPLEXES

State Law 1383 (SB 1383) additionally requires multifamily complex with five (5) or more units to recycle and/or divert all generated organic waste from the landfill starting January 1, 2022.

“Organic waste” includes food, green material, landscape and pruning waste, organic textiles and carpets, clean wood, non-coated paper products (Chinet paper plates, other non-wax coated paper products), food soiled paper towels,  and printing and writing paper.

Multifamily complexes can meet the new SB 1383 requirement by choosing one or both of the following options:

  1. Divert and recover your organic waste from the landfill.
  • Subscribe to regular organics collection service with the City franchise hauler, Republic Services; and/or
  • Self-haul organics to a local facility. A record must be kept showing the amount of organic material delivered to each facility.  An Annual Diversion Report Form must be submitted each year by March 1st for the previous year. All records shall be subject to inspection. 
      • Records must include delivery receipts and weight tickets that indicate the amount of material in cubic yards or tons.
  1. Provide organics and recycling service to employees, contractors, tenants, and customers.
  • Provide organic waste collection for employees and tenants.
    • Collection service must be arranged so that access to an adequate number, size, and location of containers is available to customers, employees, and tenants.
  • Annually provide educational information about the legal requirements to compost and recycle. In addition, education must be provided on how to properly sort the three waste streams into the correct containers. Please note, for new tenants, this information must be provided before or within 14 days of move-in.
  • Businesses and property managers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the SB 1383 requirements. This means ensuring tenants and employees are properly sorting all generated organic waste into the correct recycling container.
    • For all outdoor and indoor containers, the container bodies or lids shall conform to the following color scheme: gray/black for landfill, blue for recycling, and green for organic waste. In addition, containers shall have labels with graphic images to indicate primary materials accepted and prohibited.

COMMERCIAL ENTITIES

  1. Divert your organic waste from the landfill.
  • Subscribe to regular organics collection service with the City’s franchise hauler, Republic Services; and/or
  • Self-haul organics to a local facility.  A record must be kept showing the amount of organic material delivered to each facility.  If businesses choose this recycling method, businesses must submit their Annual Diversion Report Form to the City each year by March 1st for the previous year.  All records shall be subject to inspection. 
      • Records must include delivery receipts and weight tickets that indicate the amount of material in cubic yards or tons.
  1. Provide organics and recycling service to employees, contractors, tenants, and customers.
  • Collection service must be arranged so that access to an adequate number, size, and location of containers is available to customers and employees.
  • Small indoor containers for organic waste and recyclable items must be provided in all areas where garbage containers are present, except for restrooms.*
  • For all outdoor and indoor containers, the container bodies or lids shall conform to the following color scheme: gray/black for landfill, blue for recycling, and green for organic waste. In addition, containers shall have labels with graphic images to indicate primary materials accepted and prohibited. Businesses and property managers are responsible for ensuring compliance with this requirement.
  • Annually provide educational information about the legal requirements to compost and recycle. In addition, education must be provided on how to properly sort the three waste streams into the correct containers. Please note, for new tenants, this information must be provided before or within 14 days of move-in.
  • Periodically inspect recycling and organics containers and inform employees if contamination is found and take steps to correct the behavior.
  1. Tier One and Tier Two commercial entities (defined in the graphic below) are required to donate the maximum amount of excess edible food to feed people.
  • A contract or written agreement must be maintained with food recovery service(s) or organization(s) to pick-up or receive edible food.
  • A record must also be kept indicating all types of food being donated, pounds donated per month, frequency of donations, and the contact information of the contracted food recovery service(s) and/or organization(s).
  • Generators shall not intentionally spoil food that can be recovered.
  • Large venues or large event operators that do not provide food services, but allow for food to be provided, shall require food facilities operating on site to comply with the above organics diversion and food recovery requirements.

* Denotes requirements from which multifamily residential dwellings are exempted.

For more information from CalRecycle on frequently asked questions for Commercial Business requirements for Organic Waste disposal/recycling check out -> https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/faq

Additional information is also available through the following links to an eight-page educational brochure that provides additional inforamtion:

English -> SOLANO-HiRes-RGB

Spanish -> SOLANO-Spanish-R1(1)

Reference: SB 1383 Regulations §§ 18984.7, 18984.8, 18984.9, 18984.10, 18986.1, 18986.2, 18988.3, 18991.3, 18991.4

Commercial Recycling Laws

California has established requirements that commercial operations recycle their organic and other recyclable solid waste.

The fact sheets and links below provide information regarding these legal requirements.


Fact Sheets


Links to CalRecycle

The following links provide complete information on these requirements from CalRecycle:

Deciphering Plastic Recycling Codes

When recycling plastic bottles and containers, they are not all created – or recycled – equal.  See the chart below to decipher the meaning behind plastic recycling codes. [Read more…]

Recycling & Solid Waste Information

Click to find out!

Watch, learn, and enjoy a short Public Service Announcement (PSA) video created by Armijo High School’s Multimedia Academy for Suisun City:

Recycling and solid waste services are provided by Public Works through a number of partnerships with private companies, such as Solano Garbage, a division of Republic Services, and other public agencies, such as Solano County, and the State of California.

This page is intended as a hub for essential information to assist City residents in complying with a wide variety of Federal, State, Regional, and County laws and regulations designed to protect the environment.

Solid Waste services are provided by Republic Services/Solano Garbage under an exclusive franchise agreement approved by the City Council. Below are the key documents governing local solid waste services.

  Solid Waste Franchise Agreement (1.4 MiB, 4,726 hits)

  Recycling Agreement (1.6 MiB, 4,554 hits)

  2009 Franchise Amendments (268.9 KiB, 3,507 hits)
Negotiated updates to the original agreement adopted by the City Council

  2009 Enabling Resolution (23.3 KiB, 3,137 hits)

  1998 Enabling Resolution (11.2 KiB, 3,180 hits)

BASIC SERVICE INFORMATION

Republic Services/Solano Garbage provides each single-family home with three 96-gallon wheeled containers: green & food waste (green lid), curbside recycling (blue lid), and solid waste (grey/brown lid).

>> Click here for overall program information from Republic Services

Blue Lid Recycling Containers Can Accept:

  • Aluminum and metal cans (labels do not have to be removed)
  • Plastic #1-#7
  • Newspaper
  • Corrugated cardboard/box board (i.e. cereal, soda, beer type packaging).
  • Magazines
  • Glass

>> Click to access the Republic Services – Solano Garbage website for more recycling information

>> Click for the Solano County Recycling Guide

Green Lid Organic Waste Container Can Accept:

  • Yard trimmings, grass cuttings, small tree and brush trimmings
  • Leaves, flowers and weeds
  • Newspaper
  • Food waste such as coffee grounds, egg shells, grain products, and baked goods
  • Bones, meat, and fish
  • Other decomposable organic matter
  • Pizza boxes
  • Clean wood
  • Un-coated paper places (e.g. Chinet paper plates)
  • Food soiled paper towels and napkins
  • NOTE –> Bags can be used by they must be compostable bags with the Biodegradable Products Institute logo/approval.  A list of acceptable bags can be found at:  https://products.bpiworld.org/?search=&category=26&type=2
  • More information on SB-1383 visit the City’s page or see Republic Services’ flyer
  • For additional questions please email:  adum@suisun.com
    • Informational flyers are available in English, Spanish, and Tagalog

>> Click to access the Republic Services – Solano Garbage website for more recycling information

DROP-OFF DAY (DOD) & LANDFILL COUPON PROGRAMS

The Drop-Off Day (DOD) Program as well as the Landfill Coupon Program have changed with the signing of the Interim Agreement with Republic Services on April 5, 2022.

Starting July 1, 2022, account holders in good standing will be mailed one (1) Landfill Coupon per year, and will also be eligible for one (1) bulky waste pick-up in front of your home.  Republic Services will mail Landfill Coupons directly to each account.  Please contact Republic Services for more details on what is eligible for bulky waste pick-up.   Keep in mind that E-waste, appliances, and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be dropped off for free at Republic’s office.  Contact Republic for details on each specific program.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) DISPOSAL

Household hazardous (HHW) waste must be disposed of in a controlled manner to prevent environmental damage.  The preferred disposal methods available vary depending on the type of material involved.

oil filtersCurbside Pickup – Used Motor Oil & Filters

Republic Services will collect used motor oil and motor oil filters on regular collection days at curbside for free if they are in approved containers. Oil filter bags are available from local auto parts stores or by calling Republic Services. A used oil collection containers must be requested from Republic Services by calling (707) 437-8900.  For more information click here.

Batteries, Oil, Paint, and Anti-Free (BOPA) Collection Facility Drop-Off

A drop-off facility is available for residents to dispose of batteries, oil (motor & cooking), paint (latex), and anti-freeze.

>> Click to access the Republic Services – Solano Garbage website for more recycling information

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)  Program

The HHW Program is available to handle the items listed below by appointment only on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month. For more information or to make an appointment, call (707) 437-8971.

Items accepted through the HHW Program include:

  • Paint – Oil & latex paints, stains, varnishes, solvents, thinners, adhesives
  • Automotive items – Motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, batteries
  • Household cleaners and sprays – Oven cleaners, drain cleaners, bleach, waxes, polishes
  • Garden items – Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, ant trap poison, gopher bait
  • Other chemicals – Pool chemicals, photographic chemical, flammable liquids and gases, aerosol cans, roofing tar, roofing products
  • Needles – Needles must be placed in a clear rigid enclosed container with the lid taped closed to prevent spilling
  • Fluorescent tubes – Tubes, bulbs and other mercury-containing lamps.
  • Household batteries – AA, AAA, C and D cells, and button batteries
  • Mercury Gauges – Barometers, manometers, old thermostats

For information about specific items you have, please call (707) 437-8971 or use this link.

ELECTRONIC WASTE (E-WASTE) RECYCLING

Republic Services/Solano Garbage operates a free electronic waste drop-off location at 2901 Industrial Court, Fairfield, Ca 94533, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m weekdays (closed Noon-1 p.m.).  For more information, call (707) 437-8900 or use this link.

Accepted items include:

  • Televisions (no larger than 32 inches)
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer towers (CPU’s)
  • Laptops
  • Printers (regular desktop only)
  • Mice
  • Hard drives
  • Fax machines (regular desktop only)
  • Microwave ovens
  • DVD players
  • VCRs
  • Computer cables and cords
  • Telephones
  • Cell phones (remove batteries)
  • Radios (no speakers)
  • Shredders (regular household size only)

WHITE GOODS (APPLIANCES)

Republic Services will accept appliances from Suisun City
residents with a valid residential waste account on the
following Friday and Saturday dates in 2022:

April 8-9 and 15-16; June 3-4 and 10-11;
July 29-30; August 5-6;
September 30-October 1 and October 7-8

Please contact Republic Services for specific details on this program.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional details on any of this information, click here or call (707) 437-8900

 

PCBs Building Demolition Program

Welcome to the Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Priority Building Materials Demolition Program

Requirements Effective July 1, 2019

Purpose of Program
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are pollutants that have been found at elevated levels in certain species of fish in the San Francisco Bay (Bay). When PCBs enter the ocean, aquatic organisms take them up, including species that humans might consume. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs have been found to cause a variety of adverse health effects to animals, including humans, if ingested.

In order to make the fish safer to eat, protect human health, and improve the health of our Bay and aquatic life, sources of PCBs need to be identified and controlled. One common pathway for PCBs to enter the Bay is through urban stormwater runoff. Sources of PCBs are found in certain building materials (e.g., caulks, sealants, insulation, window seals/gaskets and adhesives), specifically from buildings that were built or redeveloped between 1950 and 1980. The Regional Water Quality Control Board requires that local agencies, including Suisun City, develop a screening program to keep PCBs from building materials out of the storm drain systems during the whole building demolition process.

The San Francisco Bay (Bay) Municipal Stormwater Regional Permit (MRP) requires local agencies to:

  1. Develop methods to identify applicable structures and priority materials before demolition;
  2. Develop protocols to ensure that PCBs are not discharged to the storm drain during the demolition of these structures; and
  3. Establish the legal authority for the protocol.

PCBs Screening Protocol
To meet these requirements, on May 21, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No, 759: Amending Chapter 10 of Title 13 (Stormwater Management and Discharge Control) of the Suisun City Municipal Code to implement the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit mandate to manage Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)-containing materials during building demolition.

This new screening process is a Bay Area region-wide requirement and will help protect the San Francisco Bay from PCBs pollutants that may be present in building demolition materials. All Bay Area cities are subject to this new requirement as part of the San Francisco Bay (Bay) Municipal Stormwater Regional Permit (MRP).

Starting July 1, 2019, all applicants proposing to demolish a building must complete a PCBs Screening Assessment Form (Download Form) and submit it with the Building Demolition permit application. City Staff will review the form for completeness and accuracy. 

The form will help you determine:

  1. Whether the building proposed for demolition is likely to have PCBs-containing building materials.
  2. How to conduct representative sampling of priority building materials (if needed).
  3. Whether PCBs are present at a concentration equal to or greater than 50 parts per million (ppm) in building materials.

When the PCBs in Priority Building Materials Screening Assessment identifies one or more Priority Building Materials containing PCBs, the Applicant must comply with all related applicable federal and state laws, including potential notification of the appropriate regulatory agencies.

Notice to Applicants
This Program does not address other environmental programs or regulations (e.g., PCB regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act; federal, state or local regulations for hazardous material handling and hazardous waste disposal; health and safety practices to mitigate human exposure to PCBs or other hazardous materials; recycling mandates; or abatement at sites with PCBs or other contaminants). The applicant is responsible for knowing and complying with all relevant laws and regulations.

Consultant and Contractor Assistance
Below is a list of Bay Area associations of consultants and contractors who may be able to assist with screening for PCBs:
Association of Environmental Contractors
Association of Northern California Environmental Consultants

Disclaimer: The City of Suisun City provides this list as a courtesy, for informational purposes and for the applicant to conduct its own research. This is not a complete list of associations, contractors or consultants and may not represent current availability of their products and services. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify the qualifications of any contractor(s) and/or consultant(s). The City is not responsible for any expenses that may be associated with using this resource, nor does the City endorse any contractor or consultant.

Questions about the PCBs Screening Assessment Form
If you have any questions, please contact the Suisun City Building Department staff at (707) 421-7317 or aconner@suisun.com.

Forms and Additional Resources


PCBs Screening Assessment Form 
PCBs in Building Materials Fact Sheet for Municipal Staff 
Fact sheet for Industry Stakeholders 
Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association(BASMAA)-Managing PCBs-Containing Building Materials during Demolition:Guidance,Tools,Outreach and Training(dated November 2019)

 

 

 

 

Sewer F.O.G.

The sewer and wastewater systems are essential components of Suisun City’s health and safety infrastructure.

While these systems do an excellent job of removing unwanted wastes from homes and businesses, there are some materials people often put down their drains that clog or damage their sewer laterals and the public sewer mains.  These materials are collectively referred to as F.O.G. – Fats, Oils and Grease.


F.O.G. Basics

FOG InfoFats, oils and grease are the components of our diet that make food extra tasty and that doctors want most people to avoid. You can add plumbers and sewer system operators to the list of folks who would prefer you minimize F.O.G.

What is F.O.G.? Here as some common items:

  • Cooking oils
  • Lard
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Meat fats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sauces
  • Salad dressings
  • Dairy products
  • Fatty foods

When fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) are poured down the drain, they solidify and adhere to the inside of the pipes, laterals and mains.  Running either hot or cold water down the drain with F.O.G. doesn’t help prevent this buildup from occurring.

When you couple F.O.G. inside your pipes with the items often put through garbage disposals, you begin to form a potential sewer clog. Particularly harmful food items are rice, noodles, fruits, vegetables, egg shells and coffee grounds – all of which can be composted instead.

Over time, the F.O.G. material combined with the food waste can form an actual plug in household or business pipes, sewer laterals and even move down into public sewer mains.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 50% of all sewer overflows are caused by F.O.G.


Prevent F.O.G. Problems

Prevent sewer F.O.G. from damaging your drains, sewer laterals and the public sewer main by putting cool fats, oils and grease into sealed containers and placing it in the residual garbage container collected by Republic Services / Solano Garbage.

If you have large quantities of used cooking oil, contact Republic Services directly about turning it in for recycling.


F.O.G. Resources

  •   FOG Information Card (596.5 KiB, 2,977 hits)
    Fats, Oils and Grease are major hazards to drain pipes, sewer laterals and public sewer mains. Learn about the hazards and how you can protect yourself. (English and Espanol)

  •   Sewer Smart Pamphlet - Fats, Oils & Grease (2.0 MiB, 3,404 hits)
    This pamphlet contains information on why Fats, Oils & Grease (F.O.G.) are the main reason your sewer line will backup, and how to help prevent it from happening to you.

 

Used Oil Filter Pick-up Service Info

oil filtersProperly bagged used oil filters will now be collected at curbside free of charge to residents thanks to the state used oil grant funds the City receives.

Free filter bags are available at local auto parts stores or by calling Solano Garbage at 707-437-8900.

Used motor oil also will be collected at curbside if a container issued by Solano Garbage is used.

For more information on recycling and waste disposal programs, go to the Public Works Recycling & Solid Waste page.

 

 

Helpful Contacts

Below are additional resources to help residents address specific issues:

Abandoned furniture in public area 707-421-7340
Animals (stray or dead) (Humane Animal Services) 707-449-1700
Broken or overgrown trees in City maintained medians 707-421-7340
Graffiti 707-421-7340
Hazardous sidewalk 707-421-7340
Mosquitoes (Solano Mosquito Abatement District) 707-437-1116
Potholes 707-421-7340
Power outage (PG&E) 800-743-5002
Recycling & Solid Waste 707-421-7345
Sewer overflow or blockage 707-421-7340
Street spill threatening storm water system 707-421-7373
Storm water mapping & pollution prevention 707-721-7340
Traffic signal/Street light out 707-421-7340
Water leaks (Solano Irrigation District) 707-448-6847
Weed Abatement 707-421-7205

 

Public Works

The Public Works Department is managed under a single director. The Department consists of the following four divisions.

  • Administration
  • Engineering
  • Public Works Maintenance
  • Public Facilities Maintenance


2022 Public Works Department Overview & Update

Please click on the following link PWs Update to Council PPT_05.31.2022 to view a PowerPoint presentation given to City Council on Tuesday, May 31st.  The PowerPoint contains an overview of the Department staffing structure, Departmental functions, past year accomplishments, Departmental challenges and goals for the coming calendar year is explored.

Administration

Building and Public Works Administration Division, which consists of the Director and one Administrative Assistant, oversees the general operations of the department, coordination of all the divisions and relations with a number of local and regional agencies and partners, including


 

Public Works Engineering

The Public Works Engineering Division, which consists of a contract City Engineer, two Associate Engineers and a Public Works Inspector, provides

  • Engineering, design, construction, and inspection of all public improvements, and provides engineering oversight of all new residential, commercial and industrial development within Suisun City
  • Oversees numerous mandated programs and coordinates transportation policy for the City in coordination with other entities
  • Supports neighborhood Municipal Assessment Districts
  • Provides technical information and consultation to every City department
  • Recycling and solid waste programs

Contractors doing work in Suisun City are required to take out a City Business License, and your work may require an Encroachment Permit.


Public Works Maintenance

The Public Works Maintenance Division, which consists of a Superintendent, two Crew Supervisors, nine Maintenance Workers and a Fleet Mechanic, provides the maintenance and repair of the public infrastructure of Suisun City, including

  • Streets Traffic and Street Lights
  • Sewers, 10-inches in diameter and smaller
  • Landscape maintenance for parks, streets, Harbor Plaza and Marina
  • Flood channel maintenance
  • Vehicle and equipment care program for non-emergency vehicles
  • Graffiti removal
  • Cleaning up litter and illegal dumping
  • Street sweeping
  • Maintaining street surfaces and repairing pothols
  • Events clean-up

Public Facilities Maintenance

The Public Facilities Maintenance Division, which consists of 1.5 Building Maintenance Workers, is responsible for providing the following services for all City facilities:

  • Custodial services
  • Building maintenance
  • Building repair