Organic waste accounts for more than a third of the material in California’s waste stream. Organic material sent to landfill creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to the negative impacts of our changing climate.
Organics Laws Mandatory recycling of organic waste is the next step toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals.
AB 1826, which became effective on January 1, 2016, requires businesses and multi-family complexes that generate two or more cubic yards of combined solid waste, recyclables, and organics per week to separate and recycle their organic waste.
AB 827, which became law on July 1, 2020, requires certain businesses to provide customers with organic waste collection bins adjacent to all trash receptacles, to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises.
SB1383, which was signed into law in September 2016, establishes targets to achieve reductions in the landfilling of organic waste of 50% in 2022 and 75% by 2025 from 2014 levels. It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.