Mandatory Compliance

Senate Bill 1383, Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP):

Senate Bill 1383 builds on existing legislation, AB 341 and AB 1826.  The purpose of SB 1383 is to reduce organic waste disposal, recover edible food waste from the waste stream and reduce methane emissions.  The goal of SB 1383 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. To achieve this, by the year 2020, the goal is to reduce organic waste that ends up in the landfill by 50%.  By the year 2025, this percentage increases from 50% to 75%.  In addition to reducing landfilled organics by 75%, it will also be required to increase the recovery of edible food that is currently thrown away by 20% through programs such as establishing edible food recovery programs.  To achieve the reduction of landfilled waste and to increase recovery, the State has mandated the following:

  1. Provide Organics Collection Services to All Residents, Multi-family Complexes and Businesses
  2. Establish Edible Food Recovery Programs
  3. Conduct Education and Outreach to the Community
  4. Procure Recyclable and Recovered Organics Products
  5. Secure Access to Recycling Capacity
  6. Monitor Compliance and Conduce Enforcement

 The schedule summarizing implementation requirements of SB 1383 is provided below:

SB 1383 Requirements

January 1, 2022

Organics Recycling Programs for all accounts

Regulations take effect.  Organics Recycling Programs for all accounts including businesses, multi-family complexes and residential units shall be implemented. Enforceable regulations will be required to take effect.  Jurisdictions must implement an enforceable ordinance or ordinances. Tier 1 commercial accounts are required to participate in a food recovery programs and jurisdictions are to implement an inspection/monitoring program (wholesale food vendors, food service providers/distributors, grocery stores greater >10,000 sq. Ft., supermarkets)

January 1, 2022

Edible Food Recovery Programs (Tier 1)

As required by the State, jurisdictions must take progressive enforcement actions against non-compliant regulated Tier 1 entities including food service providers, food distributors, grocery stores (10,000+ Sq. Ft.), Supermarkets, and whole food vendors 

January 1, 2022

Local Ordinance and Purchasing Policy

State mandate requires local jurisdictions adopt monitor compliance programs and implement and procure recyclable and recovered organics products

January 1, 2024

Edible Food Recovery Programs (Tier 2)

As required by the State, jurisdictions must take progressive enforcement actions against non-compliant regulated Tier 2 entities including hotels with 200+ beds, health facilities with 100+ beds, state agency cafeterias with 5,000+ sq. ft. Or 250+ seats, large venues, large events, restaurant facilities that are 5,000+ sq. ft. or 250+ seats. 


Exemption Waiver (De Minimis Waiver): 

  • Solid waste collection >2 cy/week and organics <20 gal or <2cy/week and organics <10 gal
  • Lack of sufficient space at a multifamily complex or business to provide additional bins. (yearly submittal of waiver necessary)
  • Emergency equipment or operation failure (90 days)
  • Disaster/emergency debris

For more information about SLCP reduction visit: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/slcp/


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. 

For more information about recycling visit:
https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial 


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)

For more information about organics recycling visit:
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/ 


Customer Access to Recycling -Assembly Bill 827

Three Stream Waste System Effective 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. 

For more information visit: https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/faq