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Phone: 310-458-2223
Fax: 310-264-7750

email: recycling@smgov.net 
 
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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.

How to Comply with AB 1826 Requirements

Businesses can meet the requirements by taking one or any combination of the following actions:
  • 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. 
  • Businesses can compost or vermi-compost organic waste on-site at their business.

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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