California's Assembly Bill 1826 requires mandatory organics recycling April 1, 2016.
By April 1, 2016, businesses generating 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week must recycle their organic waste. The law includes schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, for-profit or nonprofit organizations, as well as residential dwellings with 5+ units. These new requirements will be phased in over several years and will help California recycle 75% of its generated waste by 2020.
Why is this necessary?
Landfill gas created by decomposing organic wastes is a significant source of Green House Gas. This law helps California achieve its aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals and address climate change. Despite the State’s robust and traditional recycling infrastructure, organic materials (yard trimmings, food scraps and food-soiled paper) make up 41% of the remaining waste stream. Redirecting these resources to composting and digesting operations, will save landfill space, generate energy, reduce emissions, and restore soils.
Organic recycling mandates are triggered by timelines and quantities. Following are the start dates:
What businesses can do to help?
Contact the City’s Solid Waste Division to setup services to meet the AB 1826 requirements. Customers will need to begin separating their organic wastes and have separate services to collect and recycle organics.
To more information about California's new mandatory organics recycling law, visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics/.
To view a complete list of organic waste, click: Organic Waste List. The City will be phasing in the above requirements and will initially just be accepting food waste from commercial customers and yard waste from multi-family customers in its collection program, but will eventually include other items as the program matures.
Recycling helps conserve resources and extends the life of California's landfills. It also helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.
For more information about California's new mandatory recycling law, visit: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/.