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Sort It Sonoma! Edible Food Generator Requirements

State and local waste sorting requirements for edible food generators include:

Commercial Edible Food Generators fall into two categories:

Tier I Commercial Edible Food Generators

  • Supermarkets with gross annual sales of $2 million dollars or more
  • Grocery stores with a total facility size equal to or greater than 10,000 square feet
  • Food service providers
  • Food distributors
  • Wholesale food vendors

Tier II Commercial Edible Food Generators

  • Restaurant with 250 or more seats, or a total facility size equal to or greater than 5,000 square feet
  • Hotel with an on-site food facility and 200 or more rooms
  • Health facility with an on-site food facility and 100 or more beds
  • Large venues that annually seat or serve an average of more than 2,000 individuals per day of operation
  • Large events that serves an average of more than 2,000 individuals per day of operation
  • State agency with a cafeteria with 250 or more seats or a total cafeteria facility size equal to or greater than 5,000 square feet
  • Local education agency with an on-site food facility

Tier I Generators shall comply with the edible food donation and recovery requirements listed below starting on January 1, 2022. Tier II Generators must comply starting on January 1, 2024.

  • Donate the maximum amount of excess edible food that would otherwise be discarded. The donated food must go to feed people.
  • Establish and maintain contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations and services to pick up or receive edible food.
  • Maintain records documenting: (1) schedules for food donation deliveries or collections, (2) quantity of food donated in pounds per month, and (3) types of food each food recovery organization will receive or collect.
  • Edible food generators must not intentionally spoil food that can be donated and eaten

Reference: California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 14, Divison 7, Chapter 12 “Short-lived Climate Pollutants” Section 18991.3. Commercial Edible Food Generators

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