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Public Resources Code - PRC


  ( Division 30 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

PART 3. STATE PROGRAMS [42000 - 42999]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 1096, Sec. 2. )

CHAPTER 22. Waste Diversion and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Financial Assistance [42995 - 42999]
  ( Chapter 22 added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 36, Sec. 19. )


(a) The department shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, administer a grant program to provide financial assistance to promote in-state development of infrastructure, food waste prevention, or other projects to reduce organic waste or process organic and other recyclable materials into new, value-added products. Moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code, to the department shall be expended consistent with the requirements of Article 9.7 (commencing with Section 16428.8) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code and Chapter 4.1 (commencing with Section 39710) of Part 2 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code.

(b) Eligible financial assistance shall be provided for any of the following:

(1) Organics composting.

(2) Organics in-vessel digestion.

(3) Recyclable material manufacturing.

(4) Activities that expand and improve organic waste diversion and recycling, including, but not limited to, the recovery of food for human consumption and food waste prevention.

(5) Preprocessing organic materials for composting or organics in-vessel digestion.

(6) Codigestion at existing wastewater treatment plants.

(c) For purposes of this section, eligible infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

(1) Capital investments in new facilities and increased throughput at existing facilities for activities, such as converting windrow composting to aerated-static-pile composting to use food waste as feedstock.

(2) Designing and constructing organics in-vessel digestion facilities to produce products, such as biofuels to be used or distributed on site, bioenergy, and soil amendments.

(3) Designing and constructing or expanding facilities for processing recyclable materials.

(4) Projects to improve the quality of recycled materials.

(d) In awarding a grant for organics composting or organics in-vessel digestion pursuant to this section, the department shall consider all of the following:

(1) The amount of reductions of emissions of greenhouse gases that may result from the project.

(2) The amount of organic material that may be diverted from landfills as a result of the project.

(3) If and how the project may benefit disadvantaged communities.

(4) For a grant awarded for an organics in-vessel digestion project, if and how the project maximizes resource recovery, including the production of clean energy or low-carbon or carbon negative transportation fuels.

(5) Project readiness and permitting that the project may require.

(6) Air and water quality benefits that the project may provide.

(e) To the degree that funds are available, the department may provide larger grant awards for large-scale regional integrated projects that provide cost-effective organic waste diversion and maximize environmental benefits.

(Amended by Stats. 2021, Ch. 258, Sec. 41. (SB 155) Effective September 23, 2021.)