Mandatory Compliance

Commercial (Business) and Multi-Family Recycling Requirements- Assembly Bill 341

Assembly Bill 341 mandates businesses generating four (4) cubic yards or more of waste per week and multi-family dwellings with five (5) or more units to recycle.  All businesses and multi-family properties; however, are encouraged to take advantage of recycling programs. 

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Mandatory Organics Waste Recycling -Assembly Bill 1826

Commercial (Business) and Multi-Family Organics Recycling Requirements-Assembly Bill 1826

In April of 2016, AB 1826 California’s Mandatory Organic Waste Recycling Law, required businesses and multi-family properties that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste to arrange for organic waste recycling services.  Effective January 2017, this requirement extended to businesses and multi-family properties that generate 4 cubic yards of organics waste. A summary of dates and future waste generation thresholds mandating the implementation of recycling programs is provided below

YearCubic Yards Generated Weekly
20168 (Organic Waste)
20174 (Organic Waste)
20194 (Commercial solid waste, regardless of amount of organic waste)
20202 (Commercial solid waste, if state does not meet goal)

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Customer Access to Recycling -Assembly Bill 827

Disposal ContainersEffective July 1, 2020, AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses subject to AB 341 and/or AB 1826 to make recycling and/or organic recycling bins available to customers. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. 

AB 827 states that businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste must provide their customers with recycling containers that are visible, accessible, and adjacent to each trash container. Details on full-service restaurants versus other types of food establishments are included since full-service restaurants do not have to provide properly labeled containers for patrons, but must provide properly labeled next to trash containers for employees to separate recyclables and organics for customers. 

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