ab 341, ab 1826, AND SB 1383

STATE LAW: ORGANICS RECYCLING

California requires businesses and multi-family housing complexes to recycle organic waste!

The City partners with our franchised waste hauler, Athens Services, to ensure that we are compliant with state mandates.

In October 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 341 into law setting a 75 percent recycling goal for California by Year 2020. AB 341 also requires all commercial entities that generate four or more cubic yards of waste each week, and all multi-family dwellings with five or more units, to arrange for recycling services.

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826, requiring businesses 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 on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program).

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1383, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025.

On January 1, 2022, CalRecycle's regulations to meet the organic waste reduction targets for 2020 and 2025 will take effect and are enforceable on this date.

WHO DOES SB 1383 APPLY TO?

SB 1383 applies to all residents and businesses.

How does it impact me as a resident?

All residents living in single-family homes are provided curbside organics (compost/green cart) service. If you do not have compost service, please contact Athens Services to set it up.

How does it impact me as a business?

If you own a business or apartment/condo complex (of five units or more), you are required to:

• Divert organic materials from the landfill by subscribing to and participating in the organics collection service via Athens Services.

• Provide collection containers for organic waste and recyclables to employees, contractors, tenants, and customers.

• Collection service must be arranged so that access to an adequate number, size, and location of containers with correct labels is available.

• Provide indoor containers for organic waste and recyclables in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers, except in restrooms (multi-family dwellings are exempt).

For more information about California's Organics Recycling Mandates, please contact:

Athens Services – (888) 336-6100 or visit athensservices.com/request/

CalRecycle - calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp