In This Issue: SB 1383 Compliance Update | Back to Biz - Reduce Food Waste at Work | FoodCycleLA: Technology to Get Food to People | US EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy | recycLA University: Recycling Simplified Webinar |
What Goes In Your Bins | Holiday 2021 Collection Schedule
Welcome to your Fall 2021 NASA recycLA Newsletter. This edition is all about keeping food out of landfills and getting edible food to those who need it. Your NASA recycLA team is here for you as you navigate compliance with SB1383 and strengthen your efforts to manage edible food so that it stays OUT of landfills.
SB 1383 Compliance Update
Starting January 1, 2022, California legislation SB 1383 requires commercial Edible Food Generators — EFGs — to donate ALL surplus edible food to a food rescue organization and recycle or compost the rest. The law groups EFGs into tier 1 and tier 2, as shown here. NASA’s Zero Waste Reps will be visiting EFGs to give you more information or you can visit the CalRecycle web page for FAQs on Food Recovery:
Back to Biz: Better than Usual

As many people return to the workplace, there’s a great opportunity to implement guidelines and training for reducing food waste in office spaces. Below are a few tips from the Green Business Bureau's “Sustainability Guide for Food & Dining in the Workplace”:
  • Composting in office spaces is ambitious and doable! Invest in compost bins to place in eating areas and make it easy to collect food scraps, which can be put into a designated Green organics bin.
  • Uneaten, unwrapped food is easy to share and donate. Many public schools have a ‘Perfectly Good’ table with unwrapped and uneaten food that students share. It’s simple to set up a group share area in an office space. Uneaten items can be donated to a food rescue.
  • Educate and replicate sustainability training and employee engagement. Hold a training and information session on the importance of a green dining culture. Conduct a survey for ideas and suggestions for best green lunchroom flow. Create a task force to monitor success, enforce initiatives, and retain participant interest. Create emails and texts that are reminders and guidance on best, eco-friendly practices. Gather feedback regularly on green dining area policies and procedures, and revise where needed.
Learn About: FoodCycle LA - A Mission to Feed People Not Landfills
Technology moves forward rapidly, advancing the need, importance, and ability to keep food out of landfills. Here’s an introduction to FoodCycle LA, an organization leveraging technology, a volunteer workforce, community partnerships, and commercial alliances all to reduce landfill gas emissions by partnering with local food retailers to prevent food waste in Los Angeles.
Funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery — CalRecycle — through California Climate Investments, FoodCycle LA recovers and diverts surplus food to communities experiencing food insecurity. The organization introduced ChowMatch App to increase impact and better recover and route excess food. FoodCycle LA worked with Hack for LA and Food Oasis LA to create a map of resources for hungry people and direct more food into the food deserts of LA.

FoodCycle LA collaborated with Food Oasis to create a database of organizations that serve hungry people to move resources into the food deserts of LA where the need is greatest. With commercial partner, Winnow Systems, FoodCycle LA introduced a pilot program for businesses to save money by reducing food waste, donating edible food, and directing inedible food to compost. Learn about partnering with FoodCycle LA to move food in the right direction:
The EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge
EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge is a voluntary incentive program in which organizations and businesses set data-driven goals, implement targeted strategies to reduce wasted food in their operations, and report results to compete for annual recognition from the EPA. Organizations and businesses can join as participants or endorsers and are encouraged to follow the Food Recovery Hierarchy to prioritize their actions to prevent and divert wasted food. Those actions include source reduction, donation, feeding animals, industrial uses, and composting.
The Food Recovery Challenge, as part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, encourages organizations to use materials more productively over their entire lifecycle.
Working together, we can promote the value of reducing wasted food and encourage organizations to make informed decisions and use approaches to divert and prevent food from entering landfills. Learn more:
recycLA University:
Recycling Simplified: Simple as 1-2-3
We know recycling is good. It preserves the earth’s resources and keeps recyclable items from filling up landfills or polluting our neighborhoods and waterways. Finding a recycling container seems to be getting easier and easier. But knowing what is actually acceptable to put in and what should stay out isn’t always clear. Recent news highlights the importance of keeping the recycling stream flowing clear of contaminates.
After participating in this short webinar, you will understand what goes into the recycling container and how to make sure your material is recycle ready. Take this course - at your place, at your pace - via this link:, and check out other recycLA University webinars that you can take to increase your waste management knowledge & skills.
What Goes In?

Remember, GREEN is for organics and yard
trimmings, BLUE is for recyclables, and BLACK is for
everything else. Learn more at
2021 Holiday Collection Schedule
All collections for the remainder of a week in which a holiday falls will take place one day later than normally scheduled.
Collection DOES NOT occur on these holidays:
Container Not Collected?
When we don’t collect, your containers were
  • Determined to have materials that are not allowed
  • Overweight and could not be safely moved and/or emptied
  • Filled with contents that are difficult to empty after tipping
  • Overfilled or blocked
Missed Collection
  • To report a missed collection, call 311 or 1-800-773-2489 or go to
  • IF REPORTED before 2:00 PM, then service will be PROVIDED by 6:00 PM.
  • IF REPORTED after 2:00 PM, then service will be PROVIDED by 10:00 AM next day.
  • If a missed collection is resolved on a Sunday, you will not be charged additional fees for this collection.

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