California State Law AB 1826, which took effect on April 1, 2016, is phasing in Organic Waste Recycling requirements for certain businesses and for multi-family residential properties with five (5) or more units. Locations that generate at least eight (8) cubic yards of food and /or green waste per week, are by law, required to participate in an organic waste recycling program. The City and UPW are here to help you comply with the new state requirements. Read the sections below to learn more about organic waste collection and recycling options available to you.
Did you know?
Recyclable organics waste accounts for about 40 percent of the material Californians dispose in landfills annually. Recycling organic waste can save businesses money by reducing disposal costs while supporting green jobs in out community
The California Integrated Waste Management Act, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, establishes an integrated waste management program that requires each city and county to prepare and submit to the department an integrated waste management plan. The law requires each jurisdiction to implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste from the businesses subject to this act, and requires each jurisdiction to report to the department on its progress in implementing the organic waste recycling program.
What is Organic Waste Recycling?
Organics recycling is simply the process of diverting organic materials from landfills. There are a number of ways to recycle organic materials including donating unused food products to food banks, mulching and composting the materials, or separating the material for waste collectors. Organic materials can be successfully diverted from landfills through a process that begins with separating the materials at the source, keeping the materials separated from other solid waste materials during transportation, and properly identifying and processing the material at specialized facilities.
Who needs to participate?
The new law is phasing in organics recycling requirements over the next several years as follows:
Take at least one of the following actions:
Acceptable Organics Materials
Food Waste / Food Scraps
o Baked goods
o Breads (bagels, English muffins, pita and croûtons)
o Coffee grounds and tea leaves
o Dairy products
o Eggs, sugar, corn meal, herbs and spices
o Leftovers and table scraps
o Meat, fish, shellfish and bones
o Nuts, grains and noodles
o Rice and beans
o Coffee filters and tea bags, Egg cartons
o Flour, sugar and cornmeal bags (no plastic liners)
o Pizza delivery boxes (if not greasy, recycle)
o Napkins and paper towels (no chemical cleaners)
o Food-soiled wax and parchment paper
o House plants and flower bouquets
o Natural bottle corks
o Natural decor (grounds, mini-pumpkins)
o Wooden popsicle sticks and toothpicks
Yard Waste / Green Waste
o Non-Treated / Non-Toxic Wood
o Grass and plant trimmings
o Seasonal greens (no wires, no decorations)
o Twigs, leaves, weeds, wood-chips & yard trimmings
Unacceptable Items / Materials
o Landscape material (rocks, sod, dirt)
o Kitty litter
o Animal feces
o Freezer or fridge boxes
o Chip bags
o Sanitary products
o Paper towels that have chemicals / cleaning solutions on them.
o Microwavable popcorn bags
o Grease or oil
o Foam products of any kind (packing peanuts or foam cups)
o Dental floss
o Rubber bands
o Plastic coated paper products (cups, plates, bowls)
o Any items that should go into the recycle or trash bins / carts
Where can I get more information?
If you have questions or comments, or if you need resources and assistance, please contact a customer service representative and ask about their Organic Waste Recycling Programs. They will be happy to assist you.
For general information, visit these sites:
California Resources, Recycling, and Recovery
Assembly Bill AB 1826
California Global Warming Solutions Act
California Climate Change:
Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQS)