AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

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State of California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation – Effective April 2016

With the passage of AB 1826, businesses, including multifamily complexes of five units or more, are required to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week.

What is Organic Waste?

Organic waste is: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper. Multifamily complexes must arrange for recycling services for the same material with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper. Most organic waste is recyclable through methods such as composting, mulching, and anaerobic digestion. Organic recycling services often accept a wide variety of different types of organic waste.

Organic Recycling Services

The requirement to recycle organic waste can be met by taking one or any combination of the following actions: 

1. Source-separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.  Valley Vista Services, the City's franchise waste hauler, has programs available to assist.

2. Recycle organic waste on-site.

3. Self-haul organic waste for organic recycling.

4. Sell or donate the generated organic waste.

Valley Vista Services of Orange County

The City of Cypress has an agreement with Valley Vista Services as our franchise waste hauler.  They offer businesses programs that can help them comply with the new state regulations.  For more information please contact them at 714-380-5450.  You can view their brochure on AB 1826 here.

Find Out More

Cal Recycle Organics Program
USEPA Food Recovery Challenge
A Guide to Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment (EPA)
Reducing Waste Food & Packaging - A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants (EPA)
Waste Not OC

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