AB 827 applies only to limited-service food establishments such as fast-food restaurants where customers order and pay at the counter and clear their own tables after eating. Full-service restaurants are exempt from this law since they typically have staff separating food waste after clearing tables.
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Effective July 1, 2020 - AB 827 mandates food service establishments provide customers with bins for three types of waste generated from items purchased and consumed on site – food scraps, recyclables, and trash.
Full-service restaurants are exempt if they they have wait staff and/or kitchen staff responsible for escorting diners to their table, taking their order, delivering their food to their table, bringing their bill or helping them process their payment, and clearing their table after they leave. Bins for employees to sort food waste must be labeled, visible, and readily accessible.
Organic waste bins or containers must be visible and easily accessible to employees and customers, they must be labeled, and they must be placed adjacent to each trash can (restroom waste bins are excluded). There is no minimum number of bins required.