Recycling is the third and most recognizable of the “Three Rs”--Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. By recycling and buying recycled-content products, every Californian can make a vital contribution to preserving our environment. Here are five good reasons to recycle:
The trash from a typical food service business contains up to 76% organic material that can be easily recycled. The Food Waste and Organics Recycling Program makes it easy for businesses to reduce the amount of trash going to landfills by recycling food waste and other organics. On average, a restaurant disposes of more than 50 tons of organics each year! Keep these materials out of the landfill by composting them into new earth-friendly products.
Who should participate? – Restaurants, grocery stores, produce markets, coffee houses, hotels, businesses with employee cafeterias, and all other businesses that generate organic waste can participate in the City’s Food Waste and Organics Recycling Program. Call for a FREE assessment.
Acceptable Materials – All food waste and trimmings including fruit and vegetables, meat and bones, seafood, poultry, dairy products, bread, coffee grounds, plant trimmings, soiled paper products, and milk cartons.
How to Get Started – To find out more about the City’s Food Waste and Organics Recycling Program please call the Public Works Department at (209) 895-8068 .
Recycling Law, AB 1826, requires certain businesses to arrange for organic waste recycling services.
When did the law take effect?
Starting April 2016, AB 1826 will require businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste to arrange for organic waste recycling services.
Effective January 2017 this requirement will extend to businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste.
What is the purpose of the law?
• Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals. California disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch.
• Organic waste such as green materials and food materials are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestion, which can produce renewable energy and fuel.
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.
Which businesses must comply with the law?
Businesses and public entities, including but not limited to a firm, partnership, proprietorship joint stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or nonprofit entity, strip mall (e.g., property complex containing two or more commercial entities), industrial facility, school, school district, California State University, community colleges, University of California, special district or a federal, state, local, regional agency or facility.
A business is required to comply with the new law if it generates a certain amount of waste after the specified date.
Multifamily Residential Dwelling A multifamily dwelling that consists of five or more units are required to recycle their green waste, but are not required to arrange for organic recycling services for food waste, including food-soiled paper.
Date Amount of Organic Waste Generated/Week
April 1, 2016 8 cubic yards (cy) of organic waste/week
January 1, 2017 4 cubic yards of organic waste/week
January 1, 2019 4 cubic yards of municipal solid waste/week
Fall 2021 If a 50% reduction of organic waste disposal has not been met, businesses generating 2 cubic yards of commercial solid waste/week will be required to implement organics recycling.
Where does the law NOT apply?
• Multifamily dwellings of five units or more that generate the required threshold of organics or solid waste are not required to arrange for organic recycling services for food waste, including food-soiled paper.
• Multifamily dwellings of less than five units.
• Single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums.
How to get started?
A business that meets the waste generation threshold shall engage in one of the following organic recycling activities:
• Source separate organic waste from other waste and participate in a waste recycling service that includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
• Recycle organic waste on site, or self-haul organic waste off site for recycling.
• Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
• Get a free on-site waste assessment.
• Recycling Guide (English & Spanish versions).
• Posters/letters for organics recycling education and education about the law.
• Education outreach events
o Staff trainings
o Custodial & housekeeping trainings
o Multifamily complex community events
o Multifamily complex door-to-door outreach
o School/kids presentations
For more information and to schedule outreach, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 895-8060.
Organics recycling service providers
For collection of putrescible food waste including food-soiled paper waste, source separated green waste, landscape/pruning waste and nonhazardous wood waste you are required to use the City’s franchised Garbage Company.