Mandatory Commercial
Organics Recycling

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 “Organics Waste”?

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

Organics Waste Examples

(includes but not limited to)
Green Waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves and branches
  • Flower and hedge trimmings
  • Weeds
  • Lumber, scrap wood and plywood (not painted or treated)
Food Scraps
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese and dairy
  • Meat, bones, poultry and seafood
  • Bread, rice and pasta
  • Cut flowers and herbs
  • Coffee filters and teabags
  • Any putrescible matter produced from human or animal food production, preparation, and consumption activities
Food-Soiled Paper
  • Food-stained paper
  • Napkins and paper kitchen towels
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper food boats (no plastic lining)
  • Paper packaging
  • Paper plates and cups (no plastic lining)
  • Pizza boxes
  • 100% fiber based, compostable serving-ware and to-go containers  

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 organics waste produced by our customers. We regularly return the material to the community through our composting events and giveaways.

American Organics

Athens Services

Athens Services provides composting through our state-of-the-art facility, American Organics. We process many types of organics materials, including food waste. Currently, we provide food waste collection and composting for municipalities and food service establishments throughout Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. American Organics can create compost blends suitable for industrial, agricultural, municipal, residential or commercial use.


7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday


$45 per ton
(cash and credit cards accepted)

Accepted Waste

Green waste (grass clippings, tree trimmings, brush)

Prohibited Waste

All loads will be checked – if they contain any of the items below, your load will be denied.

  • Dirt, rocks or boulders
  • Glass, plastics, PVC pipe or hose
  • Oils, chemicals or paint
  • Paper, cardboard or plastic bags
  • Household appliances or furniture
  • Electrical components or computers
  • Tires or metals

Organics AB 1826 Brochure

Recycling Brochure

AB 1826 Brochure

Organic Recycling FAQ

AB 1826 FAQ

Organics AB 1826 FAQ

The AB 1826 Timeline

January 1, 2016:

Jurisdictions implemented organics recycling programs.

April 1, 2016:

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

January 1, 2017: 

Businesses generating four (4) cubic-yards or more of organics 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: