Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)
AB 1826

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Businesses are now required to recycle their organic waste.  AB 1826 (Chesbro, Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014) phases in new organics recycling requirements over the next several years to the help the state meet its goal of recycling 75% of its waste by 2020. Beginning January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions will be required to implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste from businesses.

What is Organic Waste? 

Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

Who Must Comply?

The new law states that businesses and multifamily dwellings must start recycling organic waste by the following dates:

  • January 1, 2016: Local jurisdictions shall have an organic waste recycling program in place. Jurisdictions shall conduct outreach, education to inform businesses how to recycle organic waste in the jurisdiction, and monitoring to implementation.
  • April 1, 2016: Generators of  8 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2017: Generators of  4 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week.
  • January 1, 2019: Generators of 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week.
  • Summer/Fall 2021: Generators of  2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, if statewide disposal of organic waste is not decreased by half in 2020

*Note: Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.

How to Comply?

  • Source-separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that specifically includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • Recycle organic waste onsite, or self-haul for organics recycling.
  • Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  • Sell or donate the generated organic waste.

 

 Food Recovery Organizations 

LOS ANGELES MISSION
www.losangelesmission.org

303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
PO Box 60127, Los Angeles, CA 90060-0127
213-629-1227

THE MIDNIGHT MISSION
www.midnightmission.org

601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, California 90014
213-624-9258

DOWNTOWN WOMEN’S CENTER
www.downtownwomenscenter.org

442 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-680-0600

UNION RESCUE MISSION
www.urm.org

545 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-347-6300

LA FAMILY HOUSING
http://www.lafh.org
7843 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605
818-982-4091

MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity
http://mendpoverty.org
10641 San Fernando Rd, Pacoima, CA 91331
818-896-0246

LA REGIONAL FOOD BANK
https://www.lafoodbank.org
1734 E 41st St, Los Angeles, CA 90058
323-234-3030

THE HUNGER INITIATIVE OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION
http://www.jewishla.org
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90048
323-761-8000

FOOD FORWARD
(
backyard fruit collection)
https://foodforward.org
7412 Fulton Ave #3 North Hollywood, CA 91605
818-764-1022

L.A. KITCHEN
http://www.lakitchen.org
203 W. Ave. 26 Los Angeles, CA 90031

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Welcome to Food Finders.

Food Finders is a multi-regional food bank and food rescue program headquartered in Lakewood, CA.  We pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies that feed the needy and impoverished.

Our Mission

To eliminate hunger and food waste while improving nutrition in food insecure communities

For more information on how to assist in food recovery, visit foodfinders.org or call 562-283-1400

Food-related Associations

One-third of all California Restaurants are Located in Los Angeles County

Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
(Public Law 104-210) makes it easier for businesses to donate to food banks and food recovery programs. It protects donors from liability when donating to nonprofit organizations and protects donors from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the needy recipient

MORe Information
For more information on mandatory commercial organics recycling, visit CalRecycle’s webpage, www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/.

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