Organics Recycling

STATE LAW AB 1826

​​Similar to AB 341, this mandatory state requirement consists of a tiered system for compliance with organic recycling for businesses and multi-family residential complexes. Businesses and multi-family complexes are required to separate their food scraps and green waste for recycling.​​


Initially, this applies to:
​• Businesses in the food industry (grocery stores, restaurants, commissaries)
​​• Multi-family complexes with five or more units that have green waste or yard trimmings​

Timeline milestones for both Commercial and Multifamily (5+units) customers: ​​• April 1, 2016 – 8 cubic yard organics generators ​ ​• January 1, 2017 – 4 cubic yard organics generators ​​• January 1, 2019 – 4 cubic yard MSW generators ​ ​​​After January 1, 2019, all businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week, regardless of type, must arrange for organic waste recycling services. Customers who would like more information about AB 1826 can visit the State’s website: www.calrecycle.ca.gov​​


​​Ways your business or multi-family complex can comply with law:

Business Organic Waste
​Food Donation: Donate food to a food bank or other food rescue organization. Source reduction through food donation is an acceptable program and helps fight hunger in the community. ​ ​​
Landscaping services: If you contract with a landscape company, have them take your green waste to a composting/recycling facility. ​ ​ ​
Subscribe to organics services: Food and green waste services are expanding to meet the new state requirements. Check to see if this service is now available in your area.
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Multi-family Complex Organic Waste ​
​Landscaping services: If you contract with a landscape company, have them take your green waste to a composting/recycling facility. ​ ​ ​
On-site processing: Through chipping or composting and reuse on-site. ​ ​ ​
Subscribe to green waste services: Green waste services are expanding to meet the new state requirements. Check to see if this service is now available in your area.​​


More Information:
​For more information on AB 1826 or organics recycling, please visit the CalRecycle website or the website for CR&R, our local hauler.