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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Assembly Bill 341 requires recycling for many commercial and multi-family accounts

Does your company currently recycle? A California state recycling requirement could affect your commercial or multi-family property. On October 6, 2011, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341), which increases the State of California's diversion goal from 50 percent to 75 percent. This state legislation also calls for mandatory commercial or multi-family recycling for establishments that generate more than 4 cubic yards of trash per week. Recycling programs must be implemented by July 1, 2012.

If your company or complex already has a recycling program with Waste Management, no further action is necessary. However, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to either begin or increase your recycling program. Waste Management recycling experts are available to provide technical assistance and can schedule a site visit to develop a customized solution for your property.

Should you have any questions regarding AB 341, please contact Waste Management's Customer Service at 800-744-0222- to make changes to your account.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling- AB 1826 

Covered Businesses Must Have Organics Recycling 

Assembly Bill 1826- As part of California's recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals, businesses are required to collect yard trimmings, food scraps and food-soiled paper for composting, as of April 1, 2016. Multifamily buildings with five or more units are required to collect yard trimmings, as of April 1, 2016. These organic materials account for nearly one-third of the approximately 30 million tons of waste destined for California's landfills each year. Diverting organics from landfills for processing into compost and mulch reduces landfill GHG emissions and produces sustainable products that contribute to soil health, plant nutrition, water conservation and carbon sequestration.  Mandatory commercial organics recycling helps to meet the goals of California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32.



Businesses that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week, including food scraps and yard trimmings, are required to have organics recycling service as of April 1, 2016.

Multi-family properties with five (5) units or more that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week are also covered. As of January 1, 2019 collection of food scraps and food soiled paper will be required. Some jurisdictions may require this sooner; check with your municipality.


Food Scraps including solid, semi solid, and liquid food such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, and oils; coffee filters and tea bags; cut flowers and herbs.

Yard Trimmings including grass clippings, leaves, flowers, hedge trimmings, weeds, etc. Nonhazardous Wood including tree branches, trunks, and untreated lumber.

Food-Soiled paper is uncoated paper that is soiled with liquid or solid food waste and typically includes products such as napkins, towels, and tissues, paper plates, paper cups, fast food wrappers, egg cartons, used pizza boxes, wax-coated cardboard, and other similar paper or compostable packaging.



Every jurisdiction in California is required to implement an organics recycling program and conduct outreach to regulated business as of January 1, 2016. In addition, jurisdictions are

required to monitor regulated business to ensure that they comply with recycling requirements.


April  1, 2016, businesses and mutli-family buildings generating 8 cubic yards per week of covered organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2017, businesses generating 4 cubic yards per week or organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2019, businesses and multi-family properties generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste (trash) shall arrange for organics recycling service.


Our trained employees can help you determine the size container and frequency of service required to meet your needs. Please contact customer service for more information.

For more information, visit: caIrecycle.ca.gov /Recycle/Commercial/Organics.