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Organics Recycling at County Facilities

In October of 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826): Commercial Organic Waste Recycling. This bill requires businesses, including government facilities, to arrange for organic waste recycling services depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Organic waste includes food scraps, green waste, and food-soiled paper.

Assembly Bill 1826: Mandatory Organics Recycling

As of CalRecycle's hearing on September 15, 2020, to comply with AB 1826, County facilities generating two or more cubic yards of solid waste each week must:

  • By December 31, 2020 - Arrange for organic waste recycling services
Organic waste means landscaping debris, untreated wood waste and food waste, including food-soiled paper. There are several options for County facilities comply with AB 1826:

  1. Source separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to a basic level of organic waste recycling service with a waste hauler that includes collection and recycling of organic waste.

  2. Recycle the organic waste onsite or self-haul the facility’s own organic waste for recycling.

  3. Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service with a waste hauler that may include mixed waste processing that specifically separates and recycles organic waste.

  4. Make other arrangements, such as sell or donate the recyclable organic waste materials.

For more information:

Senate Bill 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

In September 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 setting methane emissions reduction targets for California in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants. By 2025, all sites generating organic waste must contribute to the State’s goal to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% and those distributing food to be consumed must rescue the maximum amount of their edible food that would otherwise be disposed.

Starting January 1, 2022, enforcement of the regulations begins.

The definition of organic waste expands the AB 1826 definition to include organic textiles and carpets, treated wood waste, paper products, manure and biosolids.

Assembly Bill 827

Assembly Bill 827 amended the Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) and Mandatory Organics Recycling laws. Effective July 1, 2020, businesses impacted by the laws, including County facilities, must provide recycling containers to collect recyclables and food waste from products purchased for onsite consumption. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked.

Visit CalRecycle for more information:

If organic waste recycling services is not available with your current waste hauler, additional options for obtaining organic waste recycling are as follows:

If your facility is located in the City of Los Angeles, you may also contact recycLA to setup services with the area waste hauler for your facility.