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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 Recycling 

In October 2014, Assembly Bill 1826 was signed into law which requires businesses that generate at least eight cubic yards of organic waste (i.e. food scraps, lawn clippings, food-soiled paper) per week to arrange for collection of these organics.  As a resource for businesses that may not be aware of this law, City staff has been mailing notices. Staff has also created a collaborative project with Santa Monica College focusing on instructing businesses about the AB 1826 requirements.

Organic recycling mandates are triggered by timelines and quantities. 
  • April 1, 2016 - generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2017 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2019 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week
  • January 1, 2020 - generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (pending statewide progress)
What can your business do to meet mandatory requirements? 
  •  Contact the City of Santa Monica's Zero Waste Coordinator, Chanel Kincaid at 310-458-2223 to discuss organics collection at your business. 
Currently there are 200 Santa Monica businesses with an organics collection program! 

To learn more about AB 1826 visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics or call 310-458-2223. 

 
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