Organics Collection and Food Recovery Webinar

2021-04-05T19:46:37-07:00March 23rd, 2021|0 Comments

Organics Collection and Food Recovery:

Guidance on complying with State Laws

Thank you for attending the Organics Collection and Food Recovery Webinar on March 17th! Over 60 viewers tuned in to the live presentations from the City of Santa Monica’s Resource, Recovery and Recycling Division, Sustainable Works Green Business Program and FoodCycle LA to learn about their programs and how they have adapted to COVID-19 conditions.

The webinar unveiled impactful video demonstrations from local businesses, Back on the Beach  Cafe and Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, who both have successful Organics Recycling and Food Recovery programs in place in compliance with State Laws SB 1383 and AB 1826.

The Presenters:

Chris Celsi: Resource, Recycling and Recovery Manager, City of Santa Monica
Neal Shapiro: Sr Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica RRR, Zero Waste Team
Vivian Prak: Volunteer Manager, FoodCycle LA
Susy Borlido: Co-Executive Director, Sustainable Works Green Business Program

For those who missed the webinar, you can watch it here.

Here are direct links to the videos featured in the webinar:

The Compost Story (Full Video) by Kiss The Ground

Organics Recycling with Back on the Beach Cafe, Santa Monica

Organics Recycling & Food Recovery with Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica


View Q&A

In addition, you can view all of the Q&A’s that were submitted HERE. *If you submitted a question that was not answered during the webinar, it will appear in yellow highlight next to your name. You can now read the answer provided by one of the panelists.

Sustainable Works mission is to educate and follow up with action. Here are the action items communicated during the webinar:

Take Action

  1. To comply with AB 1826, start an Organics Collection and Food Recovery program at your workplace or multi-family building if your trash dumpster is a minimum 2 yard size. Contact your waste hauler or local city to get started. In Santa Monica, you can email or call (310) 458-2223.  For more details visit

  2. To comply with SB1383, which applies to all commercial properties, donate substantial amounts of edible food (even if it is close to or past the sell by date) to divert it from ending up in landfill.  Many organizations in the LA area can match you with a local charity and help arrange for collection and delivery at no charge. Contact or call (323) 897-9696. For more details visit

  3. To receive assistance with greening your entire business operation, including setting up zero waste programs, education employees, energy & water efficiency, pollution prevention, rideshare programs and increasing your community involvement, contact Sustainable Works Santa Monica businesses can sign up for the free Green Business Program by visiting