legislation

We work closely with city and state government to ensure that our shared sustainability goals are made possible. The most impactful pieces of recycling legislation are AB 341 and more recently, AB 1826.


AB 341 – Commercial Recycling

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 San Mateo County, businesses and property owners are able to subscribe to composting and recycling services to comply. Property owners of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may also require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance.

*San Carlos businesses and multi-family dwellings with two (2) cubic yards or more of garbage per week must comply with the City’s mandatory commercial recycling and organics ordinance.

Download our AB 341 Guide


AB 1826 – Commercial Organics

Starting January 1, 2019, all generators of 4 cubic yards or more of garbage, recycling and compost combined per week will be required to recycle organic waste. Organic waste includes food scraps, soiled paper products, (e.g., pizza boxes, paper towels, paper cups), yard trimmings, and landscape materials. Multi-family dwellings do not need to have food-waste recycling on-site, but must recycle yard and landscape materials.

Download our AB 1826 Guide