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AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Program 

 Assembly Bill (AB) 1826, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October 2014, requires businesses to divert their organic waste (food, food-soiled paper, grass clippings), depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. The requirements established in the law have been implemented in phases, with the next phase going into effect on January 1, 2019.

Types of Businesses Affected

Restaurants, shops, hotels, industrial, offices; any commercial business that meets solid waste thresholds.

Organics Recycling Timeline
  • April 1, 2016 - Businesses that generate eight or more cubic yards of organic waste shall arrange for organics collection service.
  • January 1, 2017 - Generators of four or more cubic yards of organic waste per week are subject to the organic waste diversion requirements.  
  • January 1, 2019 - Generators of four or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week are subject to the organic waste diversion requirements.
  • Fall 2020: After receipt of the 2019 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2020, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions.
  • Summer/Fall, 2021 – If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50% of the level of 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate two or more cubic yards of solid waste per week. 
Organic Waste (also referred to as organics)

Means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

How to Comply with AB 1826 Requirements

Businesses can meet the requirements by taking one or any combination of the following actions:
  1. Separate organic waste from the recycling and garbage waste/materials. Subscribe to an organic waste collection service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.  The City of Santa Monica has an organics collection program.  Currently, there is no added cost for collection. To get started call the Resource Recovery and Recycling Division at 310-458-2223. 
  2. Businesses can compost or vermicompost organic waste on-site at their business.

Free Resources

The City’s Resource Recovery and Recycling Division offers free resources to assist businesses with meeting the organics diversion requirements, which includes free organics collection services and: 

  • On-site assistance: By visiting businesses and learning about business operations, City staff can provide logistical assistance and advice on how to implement waste diversion programs.
  • Posters: City staff will provide posters that graphically show which items belong in the organics, recycling and landfill bin.
  • Training: City staff will provide training to business staff
  • Stickers: City staff will provide stickers that graphically show which items belong in the organics, recycling and landfill bins.

For more information or to request free support services, contact the Resource Recovery and Recycling Division at (310) 458-2223 and select “0” to speak with a customer service assistant or press 2 for “recycling services.” You can also email recycling@smgov.net or fill out form below. 

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