March 17, 2016

New Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling Requirements in California

As result of the enactment of Assembly Bill 1826, new Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling requirements will take effect in California on and after April 1, 2016. Organic Waste is defined in the bill as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste and food-soiled paper that is mixed in with food waste.

Impacted businesses should have been or will be contacted by their city or county regarding the new requirements to recycle all of the organic material they generate and the availability of organic waste recycling options. Compliance can be reached by one or any combination of the following actions:

  • Source-separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • Recycle organic waste onsite, or self-haul for organics recycling.
  • Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  • Sell or donate the generated organic waste.
  • Recycle the material on site, such as composting, anaerobic digestion, vermicomposting.

Click here for full details on the new mandatory organic waste recycling requirements.

For more information, please contact Sonia Salas at (949) 885-2251.