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File #: 22-413    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/21/2022 In control: BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
On agenda: 5/3/2022 Final action:
Title: Consideration of an Ordinance Establishing Chapter 31 of the Lake County Code for an Edible Food Recovery Program
Sponsors: Public Services
Attachments: 1. Lake County Edible Food Recovery Program Ordinance (legal signed)
Date: May 3, 2022

To: The Honorable Lake County Board of Supervisors

From: Lars Ewing, Public Services Director

Subject: Consideration of an Ordinance Establishing Chapter 31 of the Lake County Code for an Edible Food Recovery Program

Executive Summary: Last year staff presented to the Board of Supervisors a summary of the regulations which implement the State's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (SB 1383). The regulations, which were adopted by CalRecycle, were designed to reduce statewide landfill disposal of organic waste and include requirements for organic waste recycling and surplus food recovery. Your board has already taken action to approve a rural jurisdiction waiver, which exempts the County from the requirements to provide organic waste collection services, perform organic waste capacity planning, and procure organic waste products.

The waiver does not, however, exempt the County from the requirement to establish an edible food recovery program. The state's goal through this component of the regulations is to help meet the statewide target of decreasing by 20% the amount of edible food that is currently wasted (i.e. sent to the landfill), and instead divert that edible food to people in need. To support that goal, the state requires the County's edible food recovery program to consist of the following:

1. Identify commercial edible food generators that are mandated to comply with the regulations
2. Educate all mandated food generators of the requirement to establish donor agreements with food recovery organizations
3. Monitor food donor compliance
4. Assess the county's food recovery capacity, and plan for additional capacity if it is determined to be insufficient
5. Establish an enforcement mechanism for the mandated food generators

Numbers 1 and 2 above have been completed, while 3 and 4 are in progress. For number 5, the County is required to adopt an edible food recovery ordinance, and by January 2024 begin enforcin...

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