Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)
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
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.
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
One-third of all California Restaurants are Located in Los Angeles County
- California Grocers Association (CGA)
- National grocers association
- Green restaurant association
- Korean American Grocers Association Of California in Los Angeles
- National Grocers Association
- Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing
- California Restaurant Association
- National Restaurant Association
- California Farmers’ Markets Association
- California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets
- Southland Farmers’ Market Association
- Hotel Association of Los Angeles
- Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
- City of LA Green Business programs
- International Council of Shopping Centers
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
For more information on mandatory commercial organics recycling, visit CalRecycle’s webpage, www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/.