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AB1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

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New Recycling Law

In October of 2014 California adopted Assembly Bill 1826, requiring all businesses to recycle their organic waste beginning April 1, 2016. The phase-in of this mandate helps California to achieve its overall waste diversion (75% by 2020) and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

Requirements for Businesses:

Businesses, including public entities, that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste (food or green waste) are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services. Business Organic Waste Includes:

  • Food, including but not limited to: fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, and pasta; coffee filters and tea bags; cut flowers and herbs.
  • Green Waste, including but not limited to: grass clippings, brush, weeds, hedge trimmings, leaves, palm fronds, ice plant, ivy and nonhazardous wood, like branches, untreated wood and clean wood waste.
  • Compostable Paper, including but not limited to: uncoated paper that is soiled with liquid or solid food waste, like napkins, paper towels and tissues, paper plates, and paper cups.

Requirements for Multifamily Properties:

Multifamily properties of 5 units or more are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services. Multifamily Organic Waste Includes:

  • Green Waste, including but not limited to: grass clippings, brush, weeds, hedge trimmings, leaves, palm fronds, ice plant, ivy and nonhazardous wood, like branches, untreated wood and clean wood waste.

Implementation Dates:

  • April 1, 2016 Businesses generating 8 cubic yards per week of organics and multifamily properties of 5 units or more shall arrange for organics recycling service.
  • January 1, 2017 Businesses generating 4 cubic yards per week of organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.
  • January 1, 2019 Businesses and multifamily properties generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste (trash) shall arrange for organics recycling service.

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