Organic Waste Recycling

Overview of Assembly Bill 1826

  • AB 1826 -  Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling 
  • Signed in to law by Governor Brown in October of 2014. Among the provisions created was that all businesses are required to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. 
  • This law also requires that local jurisdictions must implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units. 
  • On June 28, 2017, The City Council of the City of Montebello Approved Resolution 17-62, Establishing mandatory Organic recycling requirements in accordance with California Assembly Bill 1826.  Among the provisions of the Resolution, private entities covered under the legislative confines of AB 1826 are required to recycle their organic waste in a manner commensurate with the enacted legislation.  

Please see the link below for additional information.

What is Organic Waste

  • Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. Currently, the City has implemented a pilot program that has proven beneficial and are in the process of developing and organic waste collection and processing program to be implemented City-wide.   
  •  Examples of “food waste” includes solid, semisolid, and liquid food, such as, fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, and oils; coffee grounds and filters and tea bags; cut flowers and herbs; and any putrescible matter produced from human or animal food production, preparation, and consumption activities. Food waste includes food-soiled paper. 
  •  Examples of food-soiled paper that are typically mixed in with food waste include uncoated products such as napkins, paper towels, tissues, formed paper packaging such as egg cartons, and some paper plates and cups.

Important Dates (Commercial Businesses)

  • Commercial Businesses:
    • April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. 
    • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
    • August 1, 2017 and ongoing: Jurisdictions shall provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle. 
    • January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.  

Important Dates (Multifamily Dwellings)

  • Multifamily Dwellings:
    • April 1, 2016: Multifamily dwellings generating 8 cubic yards of non-food organic waste shall arrange for organic waste recycling. 
    • January 1, 2017: Multifamily dwellings generating 4 cubic yards of non-food organic waste shall arrange for organic waste recycling. 
    • January 1, 2019: Multifamily dwellings generating 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services to divert their green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste.     

Publications and Downloads for Organic Waste Recycling

Organics Recycling 

  • AB 1826 Brochure 
  • AB 1826 FAQ's 
  • City Guide to Organics Collection & Recycling 
  • Food Recovery - How you can get involved 
  • Backyard Composting 
  • Grasscycling - A Practical Guide 
  • Vermicycling/Worm Composting - "A How To Guide" 
  • Organic Recycling Guide for Food Related Businesses 
  • Organic Recycling For The Rest of Us
  • Composting - Natures Way to Recycle
  •  Video - Public Service Announcement on Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (30 sec.)   
  • Resolution #17-62 Mandatory Recycling Requirements 2017