CITY OF DAVIS ZERO WASTE INITIATIVES
Davis Mandatory Commercial Food Scrap (Organics) Collection
All residents and businesses in Davis are required to separate organics from recyclables and garbage to keep them out of landfills (city law). Customers who subscribe to garbage service receive organics and recycling service at no additional cost. These requirements are in line with state mandatory composting initiatives.
This means that businesses and property owners are required to provide recycling and composting containers in convenient locations for customers and tenants.
Davis Construction and Demolition Requirements (CalGreen)
The City of Davis has adopted Tier 1 of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), which encompasses a number of measures intended to conserve resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through CalGreen, the City requires applicable projects to divert at least 70% of all construction and demolition (C&D) debris to recycling or reuse, requiring submission of a C&D diversion plan. Download applicable forms and learn more about C&D diversion requirements here.
CALIFORNIA STATE LAW
AB 341 – Mandatory Commercial Recycling
Mandatory Commercial Recycling was among the first measures identified and adopted in the AB 32 Scoping Plan by the California Air Resources Board pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion from landfills as a method to reduce GHG emissions. It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents in the State.
A business (including public entities) that generates four cubic yards, or more, of commercial solid waste per week, or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more, shall arrange for recycling services. Businesses can take one, or any combination of, the following in order to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:
- Subscribe to a hauler.
- Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.
In Yolo County, businesses and public entities are able to subscribe to our composting and recycling services or self-haul materials to the Yolo County Landfill. Property owners of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may also require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance.
AB 1826 – Mandatory Commercial Organics Collection
In October 2014, California passed Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826), mandating all businesses and commercial establishments, including multi-family units, to arrange for organics recycling and hauling. Organic waste is defined as food waste, green waste, landscaping and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food soiled paper waste that is mixed with food waste.
- April 1, 2016: Businesses and Multi-family complexes that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. (First Threshold)
- January 1, 2017: Businesses and Multi-family complexes that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. (Second Threshold)
- January 1, 2019: Businesses and Multi-family complexes that generate 4 cubic yards of solid waste “trash” per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. (Third Threshold)
- Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 hasn’t been reduced by 50% (when compared to 2014), requirements will expand to Businesses and Multi-family complexes that generate 2 cubic yards of solid waste per week.
A business that meets the waste generation threshold either participate in an organic waste recycling service (and separate organics from other materials), or recycle its organic waste on site, or self-haul its organic waste off site for composting. More information on the organic recycling requirements can be viewed here.