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Starting January 1, 2022 for Tier One Businesses and January 1, 2024 for Tier Two Businesses and Organizations, the Santa Clara County Food Recovery Program began a monitoring and inspection program to ensure compliance. Inspections will be conducted by a contractor, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, on behalf of the Santa Clara County Food Recovery Program, a Program jointly managed by all the jurisdictions in Santa Clara County.

    Santa Clara County and its jurisdictions developed a system to monitor compliance with this new state law and local ordinances. Regulated entity inspections will be a part of the system. Local inspection officials will ensure that each participating business or organization has:

    • Arranged to recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed (landfill, compost, animal feed)

    • Arranged for food to be donated before it spoils, and ensured that their program does not intentionally spoil surplus edible food.

    • Contracted with a food recovery organization or service for collection or acceptance of edible food for food recovery (the contract needs to be signed by appropriate parties and currently valid).

    • Allowed the appointed inspector to access the premises and review records of their food recovery program

    • Allow the appointed inspector to view kept records that include the following information:

      • A list of each food recovery service or organization that collects or receives your edible food, including name, address and contact information

      • A copy of all contracts or written agreements with a food recovery organization or service

      • The types of food that are collected by or self-hauled to each food recovery service or organization

      • The established frequency that food is collected or self-hauled

      • The quantity of food (measured in pounds) recovered per month, collected or self-hauled to a food recovery service or organization for food recovery

    • Inspections of Tier One Businesses will begin in 2022, and for Tier Two Businesses and Organizations in 2024.
    • Inspections will be scheduled in advance, so that the appropriate person is available to share the necessary information with the inspector.
    • Inspections will be conducted by a contractor, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, on behalf of the Santa Clara County Food Recovery Program, a Program jointly managed by all the jurisdictions in Santa Clara County.

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