Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Assembly Bill (AB) 1826 requires businesses that generate a specified amount of organic waste per week to arrange for recycling services for that waste. AB 1826 also calls on jurisdictions to implement a recycling program to divert organic waste from businesses subject to the law, as well as report to CalRecycle on their progress in implementing an organic waste-recycling program. Organic waste under AB 1826 includes the following material: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. Food waste includes Fats, Oils, and Grease as well as meat.

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AB 1826 is scheduled to roll out in phases, first targeting the largest producers of organic waste. AB 1826 has already affected larger businesses such as grocery stores that produce over eight cubic yards per week of organic waste since April 1, 2016 and will affect smaller business like restaurants that produce over four yards of organic waste on January 1, 2017. Once all the largest producers of organic waste have been targeted, AB 1826 will further increase organic waste diversion by targeting all businesses that produce over four cubic yards of commercial waste per week.

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By Efrain Esparza, GMC Writer

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