Athens Services AB 1826:
Mandatory Commercial
Organics Recycling

Mandatory Commercial
Organics Recycling

To inquire about implementing a Food Waste Recycling Program, or for a free consultation, please contact us or call (877) 278-2220.

The Regulations: What are they?

The law requires that businesses arrange for recycling services for organic waste. At Athens, we will be recycling your organics through composting, mulching and anaerobic digestion. All businesses that generate organic waste might eventually be subject to comply, including multi-family residential dwellings that consist of five or more units. As of January 1, 2022, all businesses and multifamily dwellings (of all sizes) are required to follow the SB 1383 regulations and arrange for organics waste services.

What is “Organics Waste”?

Organics waste includes food scraps, green waste (including landscape and pruning waste), and food-soiled paper (fiber-based only). See below for examples.

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Organics Waste Examples

(includes but not limited to)
Lady throwing green waste
Green Waste
  • Flower & hedge trimmings
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves & branches
  • Lumber, scrap wood,  & plywood (not painted or treated)
  • Weeds
Picture of vegetables
Food Scraps
  • Bread, rice, & pasta
  • Cheese & dairy
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Flowers & herbs
  • Meat, bones, & poultry
  • Pet food (non-medicated)
  • Seafood & soft shells
Different types of waste
  • Food-stained paper
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper napkins & kitchen towels
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plates
  • To-go boxes (no coating)
  • Wooden & fiber-based-utensil

*Must be 100% fiber-based. NO materials with bio-plastic, wax, or petroleum-based plastic coating, liner, or laminate.

The AB 1826 Timeline

January 2022:

Per the SB 1383 regulations, all businesses, schools, multi-family complexes, and single-family home residents are required to subscribe to an organics collection service and must separate into their green organics container ALL of their green waste, food scraps, and food-soiled paper (100% fiber-based).

September 2020:

AB 1826 threshold is lowered to regulated businesses and multifamily dwellings with 5+ units that generate two or more cubic yards per week of solid waste, recyclables, and organics must arrange for organic recycling services. Additionally, CalRecycle has extended the rural exemption allowed for in AB 1826 until December 31, 2026.

January 1, 2019:

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

August 1, 2017:

Jurisdictions report progress on organics recycling programs to CalRecycle.

January 1, 2017: 

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

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.

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:

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 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 2:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday


(760) 246-7946

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

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