In 2011, the California Legislature adopted AB 341 requiring California cities to implement a commercial solid waste recycling program that consists of education, outreach and monitoring of businesses.
The law requires that all businesses recycle. Waste Management (WM) staff will work with businesses who are currently not recycling to ensure that the appropriate recycling and refuse services are established.
In October 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826 into law requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week.
Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.
The law phases in the recycling requirements over time. The minimum threshold of organic waste generation decreases with time, which means that an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply.
As of January 1, 2019, businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week are required to comply. Beginning with the new contract in January, 2021, all business will be required to recycle their organic waste in addition to other recyclables.
For more information, please visit CalRecycle's Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling website.