AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

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AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Organic wastes are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestions, which can produce renewable energy.  In an effort to achieve California's recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals, the State has enacted Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling regulations. 

Beginning April 1, 2016, businesses will be required to recycle their organic waste in a phased in approach.  AB 1826 Legislation requires commercial businesses to arrange for recycling services for organic waste on the following schedule:

Organic recycling mandates are triggered by timelines and quantities. 

  • April 1, 2016 - generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2017 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2019 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week
  • January 1, 2020 - generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (pending statewide progress)

What can your business do to meet mandatory requirements? 

Contact Union City Recycles at (510) 675-5466 or (510) 675-5353 to discuss organics collection at your business.

For detailed information on the requirements, visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics/