AB 1826 - Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling


AB 1826

What is AB 1826?

In October of 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). 

What is Organic Waste?

  • Food scraps including all solid, semi-solid and liquid food such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, tea bags, coffee filters and oils.
  • Food-soiled paper is uncoated paper that is soiled by food waste such as napkins, paper towels, paper cups, fast food wrappers and take out boxes, egg cartons, used pizza boxes, wax-coated cardboard and other paper and compostable food packaging.
  • Yard trimmings include grass clippings, leaves, flowers, hedge clippings and weeds.  Non-hazardous wood waste includes tree branches, tree trunks and untreated lumber.y.

Who is Required to Have Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Services?

The City of Placentia in conjunction with its hauler, Republic Services have identified the businesses that will be regulated within each tier; and will be performing ongoing outreach, education and monitoring. In addition, the City is also required to monitor activities to identify those not recycling and to inform them of the law and how to recycle organics in the jurisdiction.

Effective January 1, 2016, AB 1826 (Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling) places requirements on businesses, multi-family residences* and jurisdictions to divert organics, which consists of food waste, green waste and non-hazardous wood waste, out of the landfills. By April 1, 2016, businesses with 8 cubic yards of organic waste must have an organics diversion program in place. Obligations for commercial organics recycling began on April 1, 2016 and will ramp up over the next four years as summarized in the table below: 

Implementation DateRequirements for Businesses and
 Multi-Family Premises
Material Type
April 1, 20168 cubic yards or more per weekOrganic Waste
January 1, 20174 cubic yards or more per weekOrganic Waste
January 1, 20194 cubic yards or more per weekSolid Waste
January 1, 2020**2 cubic yards or more per weekSolid Waste

*Businesses” includes multi-family premises with 5 units or more that generate the threshold amount of waste. However, multi-family properties are not required to recycle food waste only landscaping/green waste.

**Applicable only if CalRecycle determines by January 1, 2020, that the statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced to 50% of the 2014 disposal levels. 

How do I Comply? 

  • Donate food to a food bank or other food rescue organization
  • Subscribe to an organics collection program provided by Republic Services and contacting their Customer Service team at (714) 238-3300. Republic can assist with determining appropriate waste service levels for implementing the organics recycle program. 
  • Self-haul scraps to a composting facility and reporting this information to Republic Services by calling (714) 238-3300.

If your multi-family complex falls under the thresholds of AB 1826 and already diverts green waste through the use of a landscape service please report this information directly to Republic Services by calling (714) 238-3300.prepared to supply your landscaper’s information and if possible, the facility they deliver the landscape materials to. 

More Resources & Information

Visit the CalRecycle website to learn more about the State of California's Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law.