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Mandatory Organic Recycling
In September 2014, the Governor approved Assembly Bill No. 1826 (AB 1826) – an Organics Recycling bill mandating commercial businesses and multifamily residential dwellings recycle organic waste. This bill defines organics as:
Food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.
AB 1826 is meant to divert organic waste, as defined above, from landfills in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, of the 2014 levels, by the year 2020. Organics will now be used for composting and/or the creation of energy/fuel through an anaerobic digestion company.
Businesses and multifamily residential dwellings may recycle their organic waste by:
- Subscribing to an organics recycling company service (Peña’s Disposal).
- Donate or sell organics for recycling.
- Self-haul organics for recycling.
- Recycle organics onsite by composting.
The AB 1826 timeline mandates:
- January 1, 2016 – All jurisdictions must have an organics recycling plan in place.
- April 1, 2016 – Businesses generating eight (8) cubic yards or more of organic waste will be required to recycle their organics.
- January 1, 2017 – Businesses generating four (4) cubic yards or more of organic waste will be required to recycle their organics.
- January 1, 2019 – Businesses generating four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste will be required to recycle their organics.