The Redlands City Council on Tuesday approved a letter of Support in Concept for Senate Bill 619, which would reduce organic waste.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is a department within the California Environmental Protection Agency. CalRecycle administers and provides oversight for all of California’s state-managed non-hazardous waste handling and recycling programs.

Over the past several years, CalRecycle has been developing sweeping regulations to implement statewide organic waste diversion goals outlined in SB 1383. Local governments have until Jan. 1, 2022, to implement the requirements outlined in the regulations. However, several circumstances have made it difficult to comply with the timeline:

1. The guidelines were not finalized until November 2020, giving local governments only 13  months to fully implement various facets of the regulations.

2. COVID-19 has delayed the implementation of programs needed to implement the legislation.

3. The regulations do not have a source of state funding to implement the burden of paying for the costs associated with the program. The costs will fall to residents and businesses.

SB 619 requests more time for cities to implement the regulations.

The council approved the adoption of Ordinance No. 2919, amending Chapter 12.44 of the Redlands Municipal Code relating to rules and regulations for parks and the Redlands Skatepark. The vote passed 3-2 with Councilwomen Denise Davis and Jenna Lowery dissenting.

“The ordinance’s intent is to allow flexibility in adjusting hours specifically for the skatepark and includes a provision to modify the use of park areas for maintenance,” said Chris Boatman, Redlands’ director of facilities and community services. “There was no ordinance that delineated hours between the skatepark and other parks.”