Edible Food Recovery

What is "edible food"?

Edible food is food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, surplus, etc. Edible food includes, but is not limited to, prepared foods, packaged foods and produce. All edible food must meet the food safety requirements of the California Retail Food Code (PDF).

What is "edible food recovery"?

To reduce unnecessary food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025, the State of California recover and redistribute 20 percent of edible food that would have otherwise been sent to landfills. SB 1383 directs that:

  • Jurisdictions establish food recovery programs and strengthen existing recovery networks
  • Edible food generators, who qualify as Tier 1 and Tier 2 Generators (described below), recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be landfilled or spoiled
  • Food recovery organizations, edible food generators and jurisdictions maintain complete records of the quantity and types of food recovered.

Under SB 1383, the City of Citrus Heights has implemented 

Sec. 74-180 - Edible Food Recovery Requirements.

What is an "edible food generator"?

For the recovery of edible food waste, edible food generators are split into two tiers:

Edible Food Recovery


Tier 1

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Tier 2

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Here are links to lists of Food Recovery Organizations and an Excel Sheet of Food Recovery Organizations:

Here are letters explaining the Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements:

For more information, email CHRecycles@citrusheights.net