The California State Legislature enacted Assembly Bills (AB)1826 and 341 to encourage diversion of recyclables and organic waste to recycling and composting facilities. These bills aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of solid waste sent to landfills.
The Mandatory Commercial Organic Waste Recycling Law, AB 1826, requires businesses and multi-family complexes - those with five or more units - that generate specified amounts of organic waste, also called compost, to arrange for organics collection services. Businesses and multi-family complexes are considered in compliance with the law if they participate in the BizSMART commercial organics recycling program provided by Recology, self-haul the materials, or arrange for their pickup by another party. Businesses were added to the program in three tiers between 2016 and 2019:
First Tier: In April 2016, the first tier of affected businesses, those that generate eight or more cubic yards of organic materials per week, began participating in the program.
Second Tier: In January 2017, the affected businesses were expanded to include those that generate four or more cubic yards of organic materials per week.
Third Tier: In January 2019, the affected businesses were further expanded to include those that generate four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.
The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law, California Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) requires all businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of garbage per week and multi-family complexes with five (5) or more units to arrange for recycling collection services.
For additional information, visit Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Laws.