AB 1826 - Commercial & Multi-Family Organics Recycling

AB 1826

What is Assembly Bill (AB) 1826?

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week.  Effective January 1, 2016, AB 1826 (Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling) places requirements on businesses, multi-family residences* and jurisdictions to divert organic waste from the landfills. 

What is Organic Waste?

  • Food scraps include all solid, semi-solid, and liquid food such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, tea bags, coffee filters, and oils.
  • Food-soiled paper is uncoated paper that is soiled by food waste such as napkins, paper towels, paper cups, fast food wrappers and take-out boxes, egg cartons, used pizza boxes, wax-coated cardboard, and other paper and compostable food packaging.
  • Yard trimmings include grass clippings, leaves, flowers, hedge clippings, and weeds.  Non-hazardous wood waste includes tree branches, tree trunks, and untreated lumber.

Who is Required to Have Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Services?

  • Commercial businesses must recycle all organics, including food scraps and yard/green waste. 
  • Multi-family residential complexes with 5 or more units are required to recycle their yard/green waste (e.g.: landscaping) under AB 1826. At this time, multi-family complexes are encouraged to recycle food waste but are not required to recycle food waste. 

The City of Placentia, in conjunction with its hauler Republic Services, has identified the businesses that will be regulated within each tier and will be performing ongoing outreach, education, and monitoring. In addition, the City is also required to monitor activities to identify those not recycling and to inform them of the law and how to recycle organics in the jurisdiction.

When to Comply?

AB 1826 Implementation Dates and Thresholds

The law phases in the requirements for businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units, over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis. Additionally, the law contains a 2020 trigger that will increase the scope of affected businesses if waste reduction targets are not met. The implementation schedule is as follows:

April 1, 2016
Businesses that generate eight (8) cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling service
January 1, 2017
Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling service
January 1, 2019
Businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste and one (1) cubic yard or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling service
September 15, 2020
Businesses that generate two (2) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste and twenty (20) gallons or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling service

NOTE: At this time, multi-family residential complexes are not required to have a food waste diversion program, but are required to divert green waste.

How do I Comply with AB 1826? 

  • Donate food to a food bank or other food rescue organization:
  • Subscribe to an organics collection program provided by Republic Services and contact their Customer Service team at (800) 700-8610
  • Self-haul scraps to a composting facility 

If you would like further support with AB 1826  compliance or if you would like to report your business’ diversion efforts, please contact the City's Environmental Services Coordinator, Cathy Nguyen, by phone at (714) 993-8123 or by email at recycling@placentia.org. 

If you have received a noncompliance letter and would like to request a "de minimus" or space constraint exemption, please fill out the AB 1826 Exemption Request Form

For more resources & information about AB 1826, visit:

Visit the CalRecycle website to learn more about the State of California's Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law.

Assembly Bill  (AB) 827 - Customer Access to Recycling

Effective July 1, 2020, MCR and MORe regulated businesses must provide recycling and organics recycling containers at the front-of-house to collect waste generated from the products purchased and consumed on the premises (AB 827, McCarty). These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked.

AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses subject to MCR and/or MORe 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. While AB827 requirements only pertain to a limited-service food establishment, full-service restaurants are required to provide properly labeled next to trash containers for employees to separate recyclables and organics for customers. 

The legislative text for AB 827 can be found here. Examples of labels made by CalRecycle can be used for compliance and can be found here