AB 1826 California's Mandatory
Organics Recycling Law
for Commercial Businesses
& Multi-Family Complexes
The following is the timeline to implement an organics recycling collection program and is based on the amount of waste generated per week by businesses and multi-family complexes.
January 1, 2019:
Accounts that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste per week.
January 1, 2020:
If determined by CalRecycle, accounts that generate two (2) cubic yards or more of solid waste per week.
What is Organic Waste?
Organic waste as defined in the law includes the following material: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. These categories represent the largest subsets of organic waste that is currently disposed in California.
How to Comply?
To comply with AB1826 the law requires qualifying businesses and multi-family complexes to have a collection service.
Emadco will provide assistance for on-site assessments, cost estimates, indoor containers and appropriate plastic bags for collecting organic material, staff training and promotional and educational materials.
What happens to Organic Waste?
The collected material is brought to a compost facility, where it is processed into nutrient rich compost for agricultural end-users.
Why is Food Waste Recycling Important?
On average, a restaurant disposes of more than 50 tons of organic waste per year. 76% of this waste is organic and can be recycled. However, if not hauled an processed by a permitted food waste recycling company like Emadco Disposal, 100% would be sent to a landfill.
Benefits of Organic Food Waste Recycling with Emadco Waste Management
Increase landfill diversion rates
Implement a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly disposal option
Foster a green image among your employees and customers.
If you are unsure if you are required to participate in the recycling program please contact our office to schedule a free site audit.
Background and Overview
In October of 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that, multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. This law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time, while also offering an exemption process for rural counties. In particular, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, which means that an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply.
Organic Waste Examples
Leaves and Branches
Flower and Hedge Trimmings
Fruits and Vegetables
Cheese and Dairy
Meat, Bones, Poultry and Seafood
Napkins and Paper Kitchen Towels