Assembly Bill 1826 Requires Commercial Organic Recycling
California Assembly Bill 1826, which went into effect on April 1, 2016, requires all businesses which generate 8 cubic yards or more per week of organic such as food waste, green waste, landscaping waste, nonhazardous wood waste and food-soiled paper waste to sign up for commercial organic recycling.
AB 1826 helps implement AB 341, the 2011 landmark recycling law that established the goal of diverting at least 75 percent of California’s solid waste away from landfills by 2020. AB 1826 accomplishes this by diverting methane-gas-producing organic food and yard waste away from landfills and into programs created by Harrison and its franchise clients that recycle the waste we deliver to our strategic partner Agromin. Agromin turns the waste into renewable resources such as biofuels and nutrient-rich compost for agriculture.
In addition to reducing the amount of methane gas generated in landfills, the intent of this regulation is to create cleaner air for all. Harrison Industries can provide a free waste assessment to assist businesses with appropriate compliance measures and to see if this service is needed at this time.
Businesses or Multi-Family Units of 5 or more producing the following organic waste volumes will be required to participate by the dated indicated:
- April 1, 2016 – For those generating 8 cubic yard of organic waste per week
- Jan. 1, 2017 – For those generating 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week
- Jan. 1, 2019 – For those generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week
- Summer/Fall 2021 – If the statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced by 50% by 2020, the program will be expanded to include businesses generating 2 cubic yards of commercial sold waste per week.
Outreach materials are available at www.ejharrison.com to help inform you about the requirements for commercial organic recycling. You can also visit the Cal Recycle web site at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics. For more information or to sign up for your free assessment please contact Daniel Harrison at .