Assembly Bill 1826 requires local jurisdictions to implement an organic waste recycling program on and after January 1, 2016 to divert organic waste generated by businesses. If a jurisdiction has an organic waste recycling program in place that meets CalRecycle's requirements, it is not required to implement a new or expanded organic waste recycling program. Currently, the LASAN Residential Curbside Green Waste Program ONLY accepts fruits and vegetables from the garden in the green bin. Please do NOT place food waste and food scraps in the green bin.
The law phases in the requirements on businesses, including "multi-family 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, with full implementation realized in 2019. 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:
A jurisdiction's organic waste recycling program targeted to commercial organic waste generators may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following key elements:
The law also requires that each jurisdiction’s program contain certain common elements. These requirements are applicable whether or not the jurisdiction meets its 50 percent per capita disposal target:
Note: The authority of a local governmental agency to adopt, implement, or enforce a local organic waste recycling requirement, or impose a condition upon a self-hauler, that is more stringent or comprehensive than the requirements of this law is not limited.
Additionally, the following are not modified, limited, or abrogated in any manner by this law: