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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 1st Quarter Meeting

Thursday, March 9th
10:00 am to 12:00pm

 Rosemead Community Center
3936 Muscatel Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770


2017 San Gabriel Valley Regional Awards

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Royal Oaks Manor
1763 Royal Oaks Drive North, Bradbury, CA 91010

Congratulations to all the awardees

Upcoming Quarterly Meeting:

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Point Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Quarterly Meeting:

 Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Public Works, 20500 Madrona Ave Torrance, CA 90503



Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste

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S.A.F.E. Centers Presentation 6/16/16



LA Sanitation is hosting a series of Open Houses at your local district refuse yard on specific Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come join the dynamic duo “Mr. Recycle” and sidekick “Robo Blue” as they jump into action to serve family fun, food and prizes for kids!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – North Central District Yard
452 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles

More Information: Click Here!


Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Say Yes to #MORe

Businesses that generate 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organics recycling. 



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

Click here for MORe information.


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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