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Mandatory Organics Recycling

Beginning January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions were required to implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste from businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units.

Businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units, are now required to recycle their organic waste.  AB 1826 (Chesbro, Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014) phases in new organics recycling requirements over the next several years to the help the state meet its goal of recycling 75% of its waste by 2020.

What is Organic Waste? 
Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

We’re Here to Help

Schedule a free waste audit and we will assess you needs and identify the best solution for your business. If you would like to set up an organics program, or if you have questions about the regulation, please contact Waste Management’s Recycling Program Coordinator, Barbara Jimenez at bjimenez@wm.com.

Who Must Comply?

The new law states that businesses and multifamily dwellings must start recycling organic waste by the following dates:

  • April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

*Note: Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program

How to Comply?

  • Source-separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • Recycle organic waste onsite.
  • Self-haul organic waste for organic recycling (proof of transport and tracking required).
  • Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  • Donate extra food.

Resources

  • More About AB 1826

  • Composting and Green Waste

  • Food Saving

    Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste each year. This represents about 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills. Rather than throwing away excess food, use the links below to find ways to manage it more thoughtfully.

  • Food Donation

    Feeding hungry people with donations of extra food is an integral part of resource conservation. Organizations served by food rescue and food bank programs include community centers, soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior programs, and childcare centers. The food banks listed below are an excellent resource in finding community food donation programs in your area. Donations of both perishable and non-perishable food items are accepted in most cases. Contact the agencies below for details.