SB 1383 regulations require the adoption and enforcement of various ordinances. Click HERE to view the City of Big Bear Lake’s Ordinance No. 2022-504, which amends Chapter 8.64 of the Big Bear Lake Municipal Code Relating to Solid Waste Management, Collection, of Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials, and Edible Food Recovery.

SB 1383 regulations requires the City to conduct specific outreach to residents, schools, businesses, and edible food generators on an annual basis. Letters, flyers, handouts, and updates to the City website will be conducted annually.

Beginning January 1, 2022, the City must annually procure a certain quantity of recovered organic waste products. Jurisdictions can fulfill their target by procuring any combination of eligible products such as compost, mulch, and renewable energy.

edible food recovery

What is Edible Food?

Edible food means food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of:

  • Appearance
  • Age
  • Freshness
  • Grade
  • Size
  • Surplus

Edible food includes but is not limited to:

  •  Prepared foods
  •  Packaged foods
  •  Produce

For more information on safe surplus food donation and food safety, please visit:

Who are Commercial Edible Food Generators?

Tier One businesses shall comply with edible food donation and recovery requirements commencing January 1, 2022.  Tier Two businesses shall comply with edible food donation and recovery requirements commencing January 1, 2024.  Mandated food generators (Tier One and Tier Two) are listed below:

Tier 1 effective 01

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Who are Food Recovery Organizations?

A food recovery organization means an entity that collects edible food and distributes that edible food to the public for food recovery either directly or through other entities including, but not limited to: a food bank or a nonprofit charitable organization.

If your business fits into the mandated Tier 1 or Tier 2 classification, please set up a food recovery agreement with one of the following organizations:


Other organizations can be found here: California Food Bank Locator Tool

CalRecycle has developed an example of the type of contract or agreement that can be used between food generators and recovery organizations at this link: Model Food Recovery Agreement.

Requirements for Commercial Edible Food Generators (14 CCR Section 18991.4. Recordkeeping Requirements For Commercial Edible Food Generators)

Keep a record that includes the following:

(1) A list of each food recovery service or organization that collects or receives its edible food pursuant to a contract or written agreement established under Section 18991.3(b).

(2) A copy of contracts or written agreements between the commercial edible food generator and a food recovery service or organization.

(3) A record of the following for each food recovery organization or service that the commercial edible food generator has a contract or written agreement with pursuant to Section 18991.3(b):

  • The name, address and contact information of the service or organization.
  • The types of food that will be collected by or self-hauled to the service or organization.
  • The established frequency that food will be collected or self-hauled.
  • The quantity of food collected or self-hauled to a service or organization for food recovery. The quantity shall be measured in pounds recovered per month.

Complete a Food Recovery Report by May 1st of each calendar year for food recovery activities in the previous calendar year, including pounds of food recovered from Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses and organizations. Email report to: