Commercial Trash, Recycling, and Organics


The process of collecting and processing materials to create new products.  Materials that can be recycled: 

  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottles and containers
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Aluminum beverage cans and containers
  • Paper 

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Any material that is biodegradable coming from an animal or plant. Materials that can be composted: 

  • Food Materials
  • Napkins
  • Tissues
  • Yard Waste
  • Tea Bags

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Important Information 

SB 1383

SB 1383 was implemented by the State to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy by reducing organic waste disposal from 2014 to 2025 by 75%.  

  • It is required of those generating 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste and 20 gallons or more of organic waste per week to divert organic materials.

For more information visit SB 1383

AB 341

AB 341, also called the "Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation," has a goal of diverting 75% (previously 50%) of California's waste stream away from the landfill and instead towards recycling by the year 2020. 

  • It is required of businesses and multi-family residential dwellings of five(5) units or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week to implement recycling programs, on or after July 1, 2012. The regulatory approach to this legislation has been designed to be flexible. 

For more information visit AB 341

AB 1826 

AB 1826, also called "Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling" places requirements on businesses, multi-family residences, and jurisdictions to divert organic waste from landfills.

  • Effective September 15, 2020, all businesses generating 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste and 20 gallons or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling service.

For more information visit AB 1826

AB 827

AB 827, also called "Customer Access to Recycling" 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. 

  • It is required of businesses that generate four (4) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste must provide their consumers with recycling containers that are visible, accessible, and adjacent to each trash container.

For more information visit AB 827 

Compliance Help

If you need assistance complying with any of these state laws or have any questions, please contact the City's Environmental Services Coordinator, Cathy Nguyen at or (714) 993-8123.