We work closely with city and state government to ensure that our shared sustainability goals are made possible. The most impactful pieces of recycling and compost legislation are AB 341, AB 1826 and, more recently, SB 1383.
California Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) mandates recycling for all businesses that generate more than 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week, and multifamily dwellings of 5 units or more. AB 341 is designed to reduce GHG emissions in the state by 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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. Businesses generating a minimum of 4 cubic yards of organics per week must have a hauler and organics program in place by January 2017. Organics include both food scraps and yard trimmings.
The goal of this legislation is avoid sending organic materials to landfill, therefore finding the best and highest use for these resources.
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Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) builds upon California’s leading commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution statewide. SB 1383 will require all businesses and residents to divert organic materials (including food waste, yard waste, and soiled paper products) from the landfill. Starting January 1st, 2022 regulations will take effect and State enforcement begins. The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20% by 2025.