Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)
Businesses and Multi-family Dwellings must have an organics recycling program in place by:
- April 1, 2016 – if your business generates 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
- January 1, 2017 – if your business generates 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
Organics: defined by the State as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.
*Note: Multi-family dwellings are not required to have a food waste recycling program.
For more information: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics
LARA 2nd Quarter Meeting
Wednesday, June 14th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lynwood Bateman Hall
11331 Ernestine Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262
LASAN and LAWA will kick off an Organics Recycling Pilot Program on Earth Day, April 22, 2017 at the Los Angeles International Airport!
LASAN training concession staff through a sorting game to prepare for the kick-off of the pilot program.
To learn more about this organization, click here.
Republic Services – Rosemead
2016-17 Annual Scholarship Program
Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college-bound graduating seniors who live in the City of Rosemead. Deadline to apply is April 20, 2017.
2017 San Gabriel Valley Regional Awards
Congratulations to all the awardees!!!
Visit the 2017 San Gabriel Awards page.
Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste
Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling
Say Yes to #MORe
New Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling #MORe
- January 1, 2016 – local jurisdictions/cities will need to implement an organics recycling program and conduct education, outreach, and monitoring for businesses located in their jurisdictions.
- April 1, 2016 – businesses generating 8 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for organics recycling
Growth in Food Waste
The United States spends about 1 billion dollars a year just to dispose of food waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food leftovers are the single-largest component of the waste stream by weight in the United States. Food waste includes uneaten food and food preparation scraps from residences or households, commercial establishments like restaurants, institutional sources like school cafeterias, and industrial sources like factory lunchrooms… MORe
Public Policy Advocacy
California Legislative Actions
As part of California’s efforts to combat climate change and move forward on the ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting, or source reduction of solid waste, CalRecycle is actively working with local government partners and industry to expand California’s recycling infrastructure and keep methane-emitting food and other organic waste out of landfills.
- AB 1826 of 2014–Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling – Beginning April 2016, businesses that generate at least 8 cubic yards of organic waste (food scraps, yard clippings) per week must arrange for the recycling of that waste. The law phases in the requirements on more businesses over time. Beginning January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions will begin implementing organic waste recycling programs to divert organic waste generated by businesses.
- AB 199 of 2015–Alternative Energy: Recycled Feedstock Tax Break – Provides tax exemptions for businesses purchasing recycling and composting equipment. It also expands eligibility for this tax exclusion to equipment that uses recycled feedstock to make new products.
- AB 876 of 2015–Compostable Organics Infrastructure – Requires local counties and regional agencies to include in annual reports to CalRecycle: estimated amount of organic waste over a 15-year period, estimated additional infrastructure required, and locations for new/expanded infrastructure.
- AB 901 of 2015–Direct Reporting Requirements – Provides CalRecycle with enforcement authority for existing disposal reporting requirements and updates reporting requirements for recycling, composting, and solid waste disposal facilities. This will help CalRecycle accurately measure progress toward the 75 percent goal.
- AB 1045 of 20150–Organic Waste Composting Promotion – Requires the California Environmental Protection Agency, CalRecycle, the State Water Resources Control Board, the State Air Resources Control Board, and the Department of Food and Agriculture to develop and implement policies that keep organic waste out of landfills and promote composting and alternative uses for that material.
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