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California Mandatory Recycling Laws

California Mandatory Recycling Laws

SB1383: California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

  • Reduce organic waste disposal 75% by 2025.
  • Recover at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025.

How does this affect me?
Starting in January 2022, ALL residents and businesses must recycle organic materials, such as food waste, food soiled paper and yard debris.

Starting in January 2022, certain businesses must donate edible food to food recovery organizations.

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Get ahead of the regulations, Contact Waste Management at (866) 844-1508 to sign up for Organics service. Waste Management offers organic carts and bins in two different sizes: 35 & 64 gallon carts and 2 & 3 yard bins.

Contact the city of West Sacramento at 916-617-4590 for more information on food recovery programs.

AB1826: Organics Recycling   

Click here for an informational flier with helpful sorting guides. 

The Law 

California law requires certain commercial businesses and multifamily properties to have recycling collection services. Those services include mandatory collection of organic materials such as food scraps, food-soiled paper and landscaping trimmings. 

What’s New? 

Businesses that generate two (2) cubic yards or more of trash and recycling combined per week must have organic waste recycling services. Organics include food, yard trimmings, nonhazardous wood, and food soiled paper. See reverse side for a composting guide.

AB341: Recycling 

 The commercial sector generates nearly three- fourths of the solid waste in California. Much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is readily recyclable. AB 341 requires all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of trash per week to arrange for recycling services.

Click here for more information from Cal Recycles.