California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) brings together the state's recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship. Through landmark initiatives like the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California works toward a society that uses less, recycles more, and takes resource conservation to higher and higher levels. Our state leads the nation with an approximate 65 percent diversion rate for all materials, and today recycling supports more than 140,000 green jobs in California.
Yorba Linda & Republic Services Role
The City of Yorba Linda and Republic Services strive to meet and exceed the goals set forth by CalRecycle through a joint effort of disseminating public information, providing a wide-range of services and implementing the latest technological advances for recycling. Currently, the City and Republic are working towards compliance with AB 341, in which the Governor and the Legislature established a policy goal for the state that not less than 75 percent of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020. Moreover, in October 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826, which requires businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Currently, businesses that generate 2 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services. The following are the implementation dates and thresholds for businesses.
- January 1, 2016: Local jurisdictions shall have an organic waste recycling program in place. Jurisdictions shall conduct outreach and education to inform businesses how to recycle organic waste in the jurisdiction, as well as monitoring to identify those not recycling and to notify them of the law and how to comply.
- April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- August 1, 2017: and Ongoing: Jurisdictions shall provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle.
- Fall 2018: After receipt of the 2016 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2017, CalRecycle shall conduct its formal review of those jurisdictions that are on a two-year review cycle.
- January 1, 2019: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
- Fall 2020: After receipt of the 2019 annual reports submitted on August 1, 2020, CalRecycle reduced the threshold to 2 cubic yards of solid waste (solid waste is the total of trash, recycling, and organics) generated by covered businesses.
SENATE BILL 1383 - COMING SOON! MANDATORY ORGANICS RECYCLING FOR RESIDENTIAL
Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383, passed in 2016) is the most significant waste reduction mandate to be adopted in California in the last 30 years. SB 1383 requires the state to reduce organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025. Currently, organics comprise two-thirds of the waste disposed of in California landfills. Organic waste includes lawn and landscaping debris, wood and lumber, food, and fibers, such as paper and cardboard. The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20% by 2025. The goal of SB 1383 is to reduce methane emissions at landfills. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is produced when organics break down in landfills. Landfills are the third-largest emitter of methane in the State of California. Meeting the requirements of SB 1383 will require the coordinated efforts of state and local governments, businesses, and residents. Planning is now underway across California to ensure that the needed programs and services are in place within the next year. These new requirements are going to change the way residents dispose of their solid waste and recyclables. Stay tuned for more information and upcoming changes to your services and possibly rates over the next year or so. Visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Organics Recycling law for residential.
In order for the City to comply with the requirements of AB 1826, and Republic agreed to implement the program, as outlined in Resolution 2018-5571.
- Resolution 2018-5571 (PDF) - Resolution of the City Council of the City of Yorba Linda, approving the First Amendment to the Amended and Restated Agreement for Solid Waste Handling Services Between City of Yorba Linda and Republic Waste Services
The City and Republic will inform and assist businesses towards meeting the CalRecycle AB 1826 requirements. For more detailed information on CalRecycle, legislative action and current state goals, please visit the CalRecycle website.