Contact your local solid waste representative about food scraps collection.
Beginning January 1, 2019, AB 1826 requires businesses that generate four+ cubic yards of solid waste per week to establish an organic waste recycling program. SB 1383 establishes guidelines for organic waste reduction and edible food recovery targets for businesses. Donation of surplus food is one way to comply with AB 1826 and SB 1383. Read more about these laws and how they affect donors here.
We prefer that a minimum of 10 pounds of food be donated at one time. Please contact us at [email protected] if your donation will be less than 10 pounds.
If the food is fit for human consumption and is donated in good faith to nonprofits or individuals, then donors are protected from liability as established in the California Good Samaritan Act. Read more about laws protecting donors here.
Watch this video from a similar program in Orange County that details the state laws and echoes the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s desire to support food recovery efforts.
Food that is fit for human consumption, including:
- prepared food from catering companies, restaurants, and cafeterias Please safely cool hot prepared food before donating
- whole fruits and vegetables
- uncooked meat
- dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
- canned, bottled, or packaged dried goods such as beans, tomatoes, and rice
- baked goods such as pastries, desserts, or bread
Any permitted food facility can be a donor, such as wholesalers, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, universities, farmers, and farmers’ markets. Sign up to be a donor.