Mandatory Organic Recycling

2016 Mandatory Commercial Organic Recycling Requirements - AB 1826

The State of California enacted new legislation, AB 1826, a Mandatory Commercial Organic Recycling provision affecting businesses and multi-family dwellings that becomes effective April 1, 2016.  Below are the requirements of the new regulations and information to assist you with compliance.

          Who Must Recycle?

  • California State law requires the following businesses to arrange for recycling services, effective April 1, 2016.
  • Any business that generates 8 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week.
  • Multi-family dwellings with five or more units that generate 8 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper.

    What Must Be Recycled?

  • Businesses will need to recycle the following types of organic waste: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food soiled paper. Multi-family dwellings must recycle their green waste only.

     What Do You Need To Do?

     A recycling program needs to be arranged by April 1, 2016.

Recycling options include:

            Arrange for organic recycling service through your franchise hauler.
            Gilton Solid Waste 209-527-3781,
            Recycle your organic waste on-site or self-haul the material to an organic recycling 
            Make arrangements to donate, sell and/or arrange for pickup of the organic material.

 What You Need to Know:

The minimum organic recycling mandate threshold levels will be lowered and triggered by timelines and quantities.  Here are the start dates:

            April 1, 2016 - generators of 8 or more cubic yards or organic waste per week.
            January 1, 2017 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week.
            January 1, 2019 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.
            January 1, 2020 - generators of 2 or more cubic yards o solid waste per week (pending
                                         statewide progress).

 Where to go for More Information:

Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. (209) 527-3781,

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle's website:

 If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (209) 863-7191.

 Thank you for your cooperation with Recycling in Riverbank!

Information on the State Recycling Requirements for Businesses and Multi-Family Dwellings and Types of Materials to recycle