AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Composting
Local jurisdictions, like the City of Burlingame, are responsible for upholding the State of California’s Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826), which requires businesses and multi-family dwellings to recycle (also known as compost) organic waste. The purpose of AB 1826 is to divert waste from landfills. Compliance with AB 1826 is being phased in for all businesses by the year 2020.
The first phase of AB 1826, which occurred on April 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, focused on businesses and multi-family dwellings considered larger generators of organic waste. Organic waste includes food scraps, soiled paper products, (e.g., pizza boxes, paper towels, paper cups), yard trimmings, and landscape materials.
April 1, 2016: Generators of 8 cubic yards or more per week of organic waste are required to recycle organic waste.
January 1, 2017: Generators of 4 cubic yards or more per week of organic waste are required to recycle organic waste.
The next upcoming phase of AB 1826 targets smaller generators and focuses on garbage volumes.
January 1, 2019: Generators of 4 cubic yards or more per week of garbage will be required to recycle organic waste.
January 1, 2020: Generators of 2 cubic yards or more per week of garbage will be required to recycle organic waste.
Recology San Mateo County, Burlingame’s waste hauler, offers compost services at reduced costs, free technical assistance, on-site training, waste audits, marketing materials, and waste containers to assist customers with reaching the highest diversion possible and complying with AB 1826.
The City requests that your business coordinate with Recology to implement an organic waste composting service in compliance with State law (AB 1826). For more information, or to start new recycling and/or compost services, please contact Recology San Mateo County at 650-595-3900, GreenYourBiz@Recology.com, or www.RecologySanMateo.com.Additional Resources: