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Organic Recycling AB1826 Brochure | AB1826 FAQ

The Regulations: What are they?

In October 2014, California passed Assembly Bill 1826 requiring all businesses, including multi-family dwellings, to recycle their organic waste. By January 1, 2016, all California jurisdictions were required to implement an organics recycling program, and by April 1, 2016, all businesses that generated at least 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week were required to recycle that material.

What is “Organic Waste”?

Organic waste includes food scraps, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous food waste and paper waste that has been soiled with food.

Organic Waste Examples

(includes but not limited to)
Green Waste

• Grass clippings
• Leaves & branches
• Flower & hedge trimmings
• Weeds
• Lumber, scrap wood, and plywood types
  (not treated or painted)

Food Scraps

• Fruits & vegetables
• Cheese & dairy
• Meat, bones, poultry & seafood
• Bread, rice, & pasta
• Coffee filters & tea bags
• Cut flowers & herbs
• Any putrescible matter produced from human
  or animal food production, preparation, &
  consumption activities

Food-Soiled Paper

• Napkins, towels, & tissues
• Paper plates & cups
• Fast food wrappers
• Egg cartons
• Pizza boxes
• Paper packaging
• 100% (fiber-based) compostable serving-ware & to-go container packaging

Athens Has You Covered!

As the leading local recycling and waste services company, we have developed a strategic plan to educate, collect, and recycle all organic waste produced by our customers. We regularly return the material to the community through our composting events and giveaways.

To learn more about our organics recycling and compost process, please visit the American Organics page.


The AB 1826 Timeline

January 1, 2016:

Jurisdictions implemented Organics Recycling Programs.

April 1, 2016:

Businesses generating eight (8) cubic-yards or more of organic waste weekly had to arrange for organics waste recycling services.

January 1, 2017: 

Businesses generating four (4) cubic-yards or more of organic waste weekly must arrange for organics waste recycling services.

August 1, 2017:

Jurisdictions Report Progress on Organics Recycling Programs to CalRecycle.

January 1, 2019:

Businesses generating four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly must arrange for organics waste recycling services.

All accounts affected by the law will receive personalized communication regarding the law and service requirements. To learn more about AB 1826 and its requirements, please visit: