Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Program (AB 1826)
California Assembly Bill AB 1826 was signed into law on September 2014 to help achieve California's aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emissions goals. This law requires local jurisdictions to implement an organic waste recycling program on and after July 1, 2016 to divert organic waste generated by businesses that produce a certain amount of organic waste per week.
A new source separated food waste collection program has been added to the menu of services currently offered by the City's franchise hauler, Republic Services. This service became available to businesses in accordance to the tiered implementation schedule beginning in April 2016. Republic Services has identified qualifying organic generators and has notified them of AB 1826 requirements. In the coming years, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses will decrease, so a larger proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply with the new organics recycling requirements. Stay tuned for more information.