Tier One Businesses will need to start food recovery programs by January 1, 2022 and Tier Two Entities will start by January 1, 2024.
Prevention is an important part of reducing food waste under Senate Bill 1383, but prevention measures alone may not eliminate all surplus food. Should you have surplus food, for this step, your business needs to save all surplus edible food that would otherwise be disposed (in landfill or compost) so that your contracted Food Recovery partner can distribute it to people in need. To comply with this new law, you must ensure you recover all surplus food that can safely be recovered and is safe to eat in a timely manner.
It is important that donating, receiving, and distributing surplus edible food is done safely to minimize food safety risks, although a special public health permit is not required.
Our Tips and Tricks page dives deeper into the details of food recovery, helping you set up a program that is safe and effective.
Our Food Safety Protocols page describes safe handling techniques and which foods are safe for recovery. For example, Businesses can donate prepared food but cannot donate food that they had previously served to a customer.