AB 1826 - Mandatory Commercial Organic Recycling

Did you know that as of 2014, 30% of California’s landfill was organic material? 

When this material decomposes in our landfill, it creates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to global climate change. By separating out the organic waste, we not only reduce GHG emissions, but also have the ability to utilize the material to create compost and mulch, and to produce renewable energy and fuel.

In 2014, the State passed AB 1826, which stipulated a plan for commercial businesses to recycle organic waste by furthering the efforts of AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006). The Town of Windsor is working with Sonoma County Resource Recovery (SCRR) , CalRecycle, and our local businesses on the next phase of this State regulation as we work toward achieving the States GHG emission goals.

Sonoma County Resource Recovery - AB 1826 Letter  addressing mandatory organic recycling and the requirements effective January 1, 2019.  

What is organic waste?

Organic waste as defined in the law includes the following material: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste 

What is the schedule for implementation?

The law uses a tiered implementation schedule, which phases in requirements on businesses over time based on the amount and type of organics or waste the business produces on a weekly basis. The jurisdiction’s implementation of its program may also include phasing, and jurisdictions may phase in program implementation depending on various circumstances. Jurisdictions should communicate to their LAMD representative if there are aspects of their program that need to be phased in so they can confirm their approach will be acceptable. The implementation schedule outlined in statute is as follows:

January 1, 2016: On and after this date, local jurisdictions shall implement an organic waste recycling program in place. Jurisdictions shall identify regulated businesses and conduct outreach and education to inform those businesses how to recycle organic waste in the jurisdiction, and monitor to identify those not recycling and inform them of the law and how to recycle organic waste.

April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

August 1, 2017 and ongoing: Jurisdictions shall provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle.

Fall 2018: After receipt of the 2017 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2018, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of those jurisdictions that are on a two-year review cycle.

January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

Fall 2020: After receipt of the 2019 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2020, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions. Note: CalRecycle shall continue to conduct the two- and four-year reviews after this cycle.

Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Additionally, certain exemptions may no longer be available if this target is not met.

For additional details and frequently asked questions regarding AB 1826, please select the following link to CalRecycle and Sonoma County Waste Management Agency for local recycling and compost options.

If your business qualifies for an exemption select the following link compliance/exemption form to be filled out and returned to SCRR.  You can reach SCRR by calling (707) 795-7470, by email at info@sonomacorr.com, or visit SCRR website at www.sonomacorr.com  


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