Organics Waste Recycling Program

SB 1383: Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in California


Background

Approved by the State in 2016, Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) requires jurisdictions to provide organic waste collection services to all residents and businesses, beginning January 1, 2022. SB 1383 is the most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years. SB 1383 requires a 75% reduction in organic waste disposal by 2025 in California. Reducing short-lived climate pollutants, which results from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills, will have a significant impact on climate change in the state. Additionally, SB 1383 includes the requirement of jurisdictions to conduct educational and outreach programs regarding organic waste recycling for all parties involved, such as, residents, businesses, commercial edible food generators, and also requires the establishment of an edible food recovery program. Under SB 1383, the state will seek to recover 20% of currently disposed edible food in order to assist those in California who are experiencing food insecurity.

California Waste Stream Pie Chart 18 percent, other organics 19 percent, food 18 percent, lumber 12

On May 24, 2021, the Alhambra City Council passed the City's Mandatory Organic Waste Disposal Reduction Ordinance (Ordinance No. O2M21-4784) requiring all residential and commercial premises in the City to subscribe to the City's organic waste recycling program. The City of Alhambra will be implementing various measures to achieve the state-mandated waste diversion goals. As of summer 2021, the City of Alhambra and Republic Services have entered a new waste management agreement to reduce organic waste. One aspect is the implementation of a new organic waste collection cart. Residents will be provided with new carts—blue for recycling, black for trash, and green for organic waste. Starting July 1, 2021, residents will be required to sort their organic waste into the appropriate containers.

SB 1383 Educational Resources

The City of Alhambra has compiled educational resources regarding SB 1383 to assist residents and businesses with the implementation of new organic waste recycling requirements. This will help ensure the City is in compliance with the state law. Non-compliance may result in enforcement actions taken by the City.

You can find more resources and information on Republic Services website. For additional information, please visit the CalRecycle webpage.

Food Donation Resources


New Black Blue Green Trash Recycle and Organics Recycle Carts

AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling


Background

Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826) requires jurisdictions, by January 1, 2016, to implement an organic waste recycling program for businesses which includes outreach, education, and monitoring of affected businesses. Additionally, each jurisdiction is to identify a multitude of information, including barriers to siting organic waste recycling facilities as well as closed or abandoned sites that might be available for new waste recycling facilities.

AB 1826 defines "organic waste" as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste; and a "business" as a commercial or public entity, including, but not limited to, a partnership, proprietorship, joint stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or nonprofit entity, or a multifamily residential dwelling consisting of five or more units. To see what options and services are available, please contact Republic Services at 800-299-4898.

AB 1826 Educational Materials

The City of Alhambra's current franchise waste hauler has provided educational materials regarding AB 1826 to assist commercial customers with implementing an organics recycling program. This will help ensure businesses are in compliance with state law. Non-compliance may result in enforcement actions taken by the City.

AB 1826 Exemption Request

Commercial customers who already have an established organics recycling program in place may request an exemption from AB 1826 mandatory organics recycling. You may download a copy of the AB 1826 Exemption Request From (PDF) and submit the form via U.S. mail to the following address:

City of Alhambra
Attn: Priscilla Garcia
Management Analyst
111 South First Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Download a copy of the AB 1826 Exemption Request Form (PDF) for mandatory organics recycling. Exemption requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, submission of a request does not guarantee an exemption will be granted.

AB 1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling Informational Graphic

Implementation Timeline

  • On and after April 1, 2016, a business or multi-family location that generates eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • On and after January 1, 2017, a business or multi-family location that generates four cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • On and after January 1, 2019, a business or multi-family location that generates four cubic yards or more of solid waste, per week, shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • On September 15, 2020, CalRecycle issued a directive that a business that generates two cubic yards or more of solid waste, per week, shall arrange for collection and recycling of organic waste.

Note: Multi-family dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.

AB 827: Mandatory Commercial and Organic Waste Recycling Bins


‍Background

Effective July 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) requires businesses to implement recycling and organic waste collection bins or containers for customer use. AB 827 is intended to help achieve the state’s recycling goals of reducing organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025.

Businesses, that are not full-service restaurants, must provide customers access to recycling and organic waste containers for the collection of products consumed onsite. These containers must be visible, easily accessible, clearly labeled with which materials are appropriate for each bin, and adjacent to pre-existing trash containers. Full service restaurants are exempt from the above requirements, but must provide properly labeled organic waste and recycling waste collection bins for employees, in the back of house to separate recyclables and organic waste for customers. No minimum number of bins are required. For more information, please visit the CalRecycle webpage.

AB 827 Educational Resources

The City of Alhambra has compiled educational resources regarding AB 827 to assist business and customers with the implementation of recyclable and organic waste recycling. This will help ensure businesses are in compliance with the state law. Non-compliance may result in enforcement actions taken by the City.

Photo of AB 827 source separated collection containers