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.
For more information about California's Organics Recycling Mandates, please contact:
Athens Services – (888) 336-6100 Athens Services
CalRecycle - Visit CalRecycle
AB 939 - The California Integrated Waste Management Act made all California cities, counties, and approved regional solid waste management agencies responsible for enacting plans and implementing programs to divert 25 percent of their solid waste by 1995 and 50 percent by year 2000. Later legislation mandates the 50 percent diversion requirement be achieved every year.
AB 341 - 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.
AB 1826 - 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).
AB 1383 - 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.
Organics Recycling for Residents
Read on to find out what should go into the green cart/bin/container, or visit Athens Services.
What Goes Into The Green Cart/Bin?
|GREEN WASTE||FOOD SCRAPS||FOOD-SOILED PAPER|
|- Flower & hedge trimmings
- Grass clippings
- Leaves & branches
- Lumber, scrap wood & plywood
(not painted or treated)
|- Bread, rice and pasta
- Cheese & dairy
- Coffee grounds & filters
- Fruits & vegetables
- Flowers & herbs
- Meat, bones and poultry
- Seafood and soft shells
- Pet food (non-medicated)
|- Food-stained paper
- Paper egg cartons
- Paper napkins & kitchen towels
- Pizza boxes
- To-go boxes (no coatings)
- Wooden & fiber-based utensils
What Cannot Go Into The Green Cart/Bin?
|NOT ACCEPTABLE IN GREEN CART/BIN/CONTAINER|
|- All plastics
- Coffee cups and pods
- Fats, oils and grease
- Food stickers
- Hard shells (clams, mussels, oysters, lobsters etc.)
- Hazardous waste
|- Tea Bags
- Plastic containers
- Tissue and wet wipes
- Paper napkins and towels with cleaning chemicals
- Parchment and wax paper
- Pet waste
- Rocks and soil
- Rubber bands and twist ties
Organics Recycling for Businesses
To meet the mandated statewide goal, the law requires each jurisdiction in California to establish and monitor a robust food recovery program, which will strengthen the relationships between commercial edible food generators and food recovery organizations within their communities, requiring certain food businesses to send the maximum amount of edible food they would otherwise dispose to food recovery organizations.
Certain types of businesses (labeled as edible food generators) will be required to donate all of their excess edible food to food recovery organizations and services. Tier 1 Businesses are required to donate starting in 2022, and Tier 2 Businesses are required to donate starting in 2024.
Establishing Contracts and Written Agreements with Food Recovery Organizations and Services
To ensure that the maximum amount of edible food is recovered, the regulations require that mandated food donors establish contracts or written agreements with food recovery organizations and services.
Food recovery organizations and services vary in the amount and types of food they can receive, so mandated food donors may need to establish contracts or written agreements with multiple food recovery organizations and services to be in compliance.
CalRecycle has released a Model Food Recovery Agreement.
SB 1383 requires mandated food donors to maintain records of their food donation activities. The City of San Gabriel will monitor compliance of edible food generators by requesting the following types of records during inspections:
- Contract or written agreement for food recovery organizations and services.
- Schedules for food donation deliveries or collections.
- Quantity of food donated in pounds per month.
- Types of food each food recovery organization will receive or collect.
Food Recovery Organizations and Services that have a contract or written agreement with a mandated food donor are required to maintain records of the food they receive from each mandated food donor. This includes:
- The name, address, and contact information for each edible food generator that the organization received edible food from.
- The quantity in pounds of edible food collected from each edible food generator per month.
- The name, address, and contact information for each food recovery service that the organization receives edible food from for food recovery.
Edible Food Recovery Organizations
- Asian Youth Center - Emergency Food Program
100 W. Clary Ave. San Gabriel, CA 91776
2. San Gabriel Mission Church - Food Pantry
428 S. Mission Dr. San Gabriel, CA 91776
3. La Casa Community Center - Food Pantry
203 E. Mission Rd. San Gabriel, CA 91776
4. The Salvation Army - Food Pantry
125 E. Valley Blvd. San Gabriel, CA 91776
Food recovery organizations can be found on LA County’s Food Drop Program.
For more information on SB 1383’s food recovery requirements and additional resources visit: