Smart Business Recycling
Mandatory Recycling for Businesses

Welcome to the Smart Business Recycling Program website! This site provides waste reduction and recycling resources for businesses, multi-family properties and schools located in the Los Angeles County Unincorporated Areas. To access information about waste collection services for businesses or residential areas, click here.

Short-lived Climate Pollutants
(SB 1383)
What is it:

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1383 into California law, which establishes methane emission reduction targets by reducing statewide organic waste disposal as follows:

1.) 50% reduction in statewide disposal of organic waste by 2020
2.) 75% reduction in statewide disposal of organic waste by 2025

In addition, SB 1383 requires that not less than 20% of edible food that is currently disposed be recovered for human consumption by 2025.

January 1, 2022: Regulations take effect and State enforcement begins
January 1, 2024: Regulations require local governments to take enforcement

How this affects businesses & multi-family residences:

All commercial entities must comply with the requirements in SB 1383 by making arrangements to transport collected organic materials to an organic waste processing facility with the following: Sign up for service through a County authorized waste hauling company , self-haul or back-haul organic waste, and donate excess edible food to a local organization that will feed hungry people. Multi-family properties must also comply with the SB 1383 requirements by subscribing to organic waste collection and recycling with their waste hauler. Multi-family properties may separately utilize a landscaper to collect and properly manage their green waste and landscape trimmings.

Follow this link for more information on Organic Waste Management and SB 1383.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law
(AB 1826)
What is it:

Effective April 1, 2016, the State's Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling Law (AB 1826) began phasing in requirements for businesses and multi-family residences that generate specified amounts of organic waste to arrange for recycling services for that waste.

How this affects businesses & multi-family residences:

Effective January 2020, businesses that generate 2 cubic yards of solid waste per week must subscribe to organics recycling with their waste hauler.

**AB 1826 will become obsolete with the implementation and enforcement of SB 1383.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling
(AB 341)
Commercial Organics and Recycling Bins
(AB 827)
What is it:

Effective July 1, 2012, the State's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341) established mandatory commercial recycling and a Statewide goal to source reduce, recycle or compost no less than 75% of the solid waste generated by 2020 and annually thereafter.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826)

How this affects businesses:

All businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and multi-family properties with 5 units or more must arrange for recycling services.

What is it:

Effective July 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 827 requires that commercial food establishments provide organics and recycling bins to customers alongside trash to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises. All three bins must be accessible and visible, clearly marked with signage on what can or cannot be placed into each bin, and the bins must be properly serviced.

Mandatory Business Recycling (AB 341)

How this affects businesses:

This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. Full-service restaurants do not have to provide properly labeled containers for customers but must provide properly labeled containers next to trash containers for employees to separate post-consumer recyclables and organics.


RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES, MULTI-FAMILY & SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENCES AND SCHOOLS

Mandatory Recycling for Businesses

Mandatory Recycling for Businesses

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Mandatory Recycling for Multi-Family Residences

Mandatory Recycling for Multi-Family Residences

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Mandatory Recycling for Single-Family Residences with Dumpster Bin

Mandatory Recycling for Single-Family Residences with Dumpster Bin

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Mandatory Recycling for Schools (K-12th Grades)

Mandatory Recycling for Schools (K-12th Grades)

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If you have any questions not answered in the FAQs, you may email businessrecycling@pw.lacounty.gov.

Please visit our businesses and multi-family pages for more information and resources.

Food Donation and Recovery Outreach Program (Food DROP)

Food Drop

This site is also the home of the County’s Food Donation and Recovery Outreach Program (Food DROP) which intends to provide resources for business operating in the County's Unincorporated Communities.

For more information, visit our Food DROP page.




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