Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Some California businesses and multifamily properties are required to start recycling their organic waste by April 1, 2016. Organic waste includes food waste, food-soiled paper waste, and landscaping waste (grass clippings, tree trimmings, etc.). Please see the brochure (PDF) for additional information.

The purpose of California’s mandatory commercial recycling law (Assembly Bill 1826) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial organic waste from landfills and transforming it into reusable products through composting, anaerobic digestion, or incineration.

Per the new state law, some Citrus Heights businesses and multifamily properties will be required to recycle organics based upon the following timetable: 

  • April 1, 2016 Generators of 8 or more cubic yards of 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 of solid waste per week, if statewide disposal of organic waste is not decreased by half

Recyclable Organics may include:

Food material resulting from the processing, storage, preparation, cooking, handling, or consumption of food. Examples include:

  • discarded meat scraps; dairy products; egg shells; fruit or vegetable peels and trimmings;
  • other unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted food items; and
  • food-soiled paper products such as used napkins, paper towels, paper plates, and paper cups.

Landscaping Waste

  • leaves, grass clippings, plants, and seaweed;
  • pruning’s, shrubs, and small branches; and
  • stumps.

Wood Waste

  • Unpainted, new or demolition (may contain nails or other trace contaminants);
  • plywood, particleboard, wafer board, oriented strand board, and other residual materials used for construction (may contain nails or other trace contaminants); and
  • unpainted wood pallets, crates, and packaging made of lumber/engineered wood.