AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling


Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) was signed by Governor Brown in 2014 and requires businesses to recycle organic waste if their total waste generation reaches a specific threshold. For this purpose, organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

As of September 2020, any commercial business or multifamily dwelling (MFD) that generates 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week is required to participate in an organic waste recycling program. While MFDs are included under this law, their organic waste recycling programs are not required to include food waste.

Setting Up a Commercial Organic Waste Recycling Program

If your business or MFD is within the Half Moon Bay City limits, adding organic waste recycling to your weekly waste collection is easy! Your garbage rates already include a base level of organic waste recycling so all you have to do is call Republic Services at 650-592-2411 to request your green cart or bin.

Don't know how much organic waste recycling you need? Request a free waste audit and a Recycling Coordinator will help you determine what level of service makes the most sense for your operations and budget!

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