AB 1826 – Mandatory Organics Waste Program

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Republic Services 800-299-4898

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. 

Commercial customers who already have an established organics recycling program in place may request an exemption from AB 1826 mandatory organics recycling. The AB 1826 Exemption Request Form can be accessed here and submitted online. You may also download a PDF copy of the AB 1826 Exemption Request From below and submit the form via US mail to the following address:

City of Alhambra
Attn: Matthew Cuevas
Management Analyst
111 South First Street
Alhambra, CA 91801  

Download a PDF copy of the AB 1826 Exemption Request Form for mandatory organics recycling.

IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE:

  • On and after April 1, 2016, a business 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 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 that generates four cubic yards or more of solid waste, per week, shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste. 

*Note: Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.

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