Sites with 2+ cubic yards of solid waste are now required to have organics collection service


State Law Updates: More sites must compost, bins for customers required

Beginning September 15, 2020, State law AB 1826 requires all businesses, institutions, and multifamily properties that generate two or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (garbage and recycling service volumes combined) to also have organics collection service for compostable materials. Compostable materials (organics) include food scraps, food soiled-paper, and plant debris. The prior threshold under the state law that triggered the need for organics service was 4 or more cubic yards of weekly solid waste service.

Note: Most businesses and institutions have been required to recycle since 2012 under both State law AB 341 and the Alameda County Mandatory Composting and Recycling law.

Customer area recycling bins now required
State law AB 827 went into effect July 1, 2020 and requires businesses and multifamily properties to provide customers with recycling and/or composting containers adjacent to each garbage container. Bins must be clearly labeled with educational signs.

Local law requires proper sorting
The Alameda County Mandatory Composting and Recycling law requires businesses to sort materials into the proper containers.

Organics: Food scraps, compostable paper, and plant debris ONLY. No garbage or recycling.
Recycling: Bottles, cans, paper and cardboard ONLY. No garbage or organics.
Garbage: Garbage ONLY. No organics or recycling.

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