Assembly Bill 1826 & Assembly Bill 827

AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling


Background

Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) requires jurisdictions, by January 1, 2016, to implement an organic waste recycling program for businesses which includes outreach, education, and monitoring of affected businesses. Additionally, each jurisdiction is to identify a multitude of information, including barriers to siting organic waste recycling facilities as well as closed or abandoned sites that might be available for new waste recycling facilities.

AB 1826 defines "organic waste" as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste; and a "business" as a commercial or public entity, including, but not limited to, a partnership, proprietorship, joint stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or nonprofit entity, or a multifamily residential dwelling consisting of five or more units. To see what options and services are available, please contact Republic Services at 800-299-4898.

AB 1826 Educational Materials

The City of Alhambra's current franchise waste hauler has provided educational materials regarding AB 1826 to assist commercial customers with implementing an organics recycling program. This will help ensure businesses are in compliance with state law. Non-compliance may result in enforcement actions taken by the City.

AB 1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling Informational Graphic

Implementation Timeline

  • On and after April 1, 2016, a business or multi-family location that generates eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • On and after January 1, 2017, a business or multi-family location that generates four cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • On and after January 1, 2019, a business or multi-family location that generates four cubic yards or more of solid waste, per week, shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • On September 15, 2020, CalRecycle issued a directive that a business that generates two cubic yards or more of solid waste, per week, shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.

AB 827: Mandatory Commercial and Organic Waste Recycling Bins


‍Background

Effective July 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) requires businesses to implement recycling and organic waste collection bins or containers for customer use. AB 827 is intended to help achieve the state’s recycling goals of reducing organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025.

Businesses, that are not full-service restaurants, must provide customers access to recycling and organic waste containers for the collection of products consumed onsite. These containers must be visible, easily accessible, clearly labeled with which materials are appropriate for each bin, and adjacent to pre-existing trash containers. Full service restaurants are exempt from the above requirements, but must provide properly labeled organic waste and recycling waste collection bins for employees, in the back of house to separate recyclables and organic waste for customers. No minimum number of bins are required. For more information, please visit the CalRecycle webpage.

AB 827 Educational Resources

The City of Alhambra has compiled educational resources regarding AB 827 to assist business and customers with the implementation of recyclable and organic waste recycling. This will help ensure businesses are in compliance with the state law. Non-compliance may result in enforcement actions taken by the City.