Legislative Issues Affecting Waste and Recycling

Organics Recycling

Organic waste collection services are required for all residents, multi-family residents, and businesses, and the material must be hauled to a composting facility per the new state mandate established by SB 1383. In response, the City Council adopted a mandatory Organics Recycling Ordinance (PDF) for Yorba Linda on December 7, 2021. The ordinance, incorporating SB 1383 Organics Recycling, amends in its entirety Title 8, Chapter 8.20 of the Yorba Linda Municipal Code (PDF) pertaining to solid waste regulations.

Senate Bill 1383 - Mandatory Organics Recycling for Residential Implementation - July 1, 2022

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. Because of this process, 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. View also the Residential Organics Recycling page. Visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Organics Recycling law for residential.

Assembly Bill 1826 - Mandatory Organics Recycling is Now Required for Commercial Businesses and Multifamily Dwelling Units

In October 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste as of April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also required that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state are to implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units.  Organic waste means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

The law phased in the requirements for businesses over time. In 2020 the law triggered a further increase in the scope of affected businesses. As such, in September of 2020, CalRecycle reduced the threshold from four to two cubic yards of solid waste (solid waste is the total of trash, recycling, and organics) generated by covered businesses. For example, those businesses or multifamily complexes (5 or more units) generating two cubic yards or more each week of solid waste must adhere. Visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Organics Recycling Law for businesses and multifamily complexes. View also the Commercial Organics page. Please contact Republic Services Recycling Coordinator to sign up for organics recycling updates or to learn about your options for organics recycling compliance.

Commercial Edible Food Generators - Mandatory Participation is Now Required

Starting in 2022, the State has mandated that Tier 1 food service businesses must donate leftover edible food to food recovery organizations (i.e. food banks, pantries, etc.), while Tier 2 food service businesses will need to do so by January 2024. The goal is to help feed those most in need and to divert such waste away from the landfills. To learn more about how to prevent food from reaching landfills, please visit CalRecycle. For more information about Food Generators and Food Recovery, visit CalRecycle's recovery organizations website. Contact your Republic Services Recycling Coordinator to learn about your options for Edible Food Generator compliance.

Visit the OC Landfills' website to find out if your business falls in the Tier 1 or Tier 2 commercial edible food generator category and determine if these regulations apply to your business.

Food Recovery Organizations List

SB1383 is intended to link food generating businesses with food recovery organizations to get donated food to residents in need. View the OC Landfill list of food recovery organizations.

Additionally, the following food recovery organizations serve Orange Country:

Abound Food Care

Ample HarvestCalifornia Food Banks
CalRecycle Food Recovery ServicesChow MatchFindHelp.org
Food FindersFood ForwardOC Food Bank
Second HarvestSOSWaste No Food 

View FAQs about Food Recovery Organizations


Assembly Bill 341 - Mandatory Recycling for Businesses and Multifamily Dwelling Units

The commercial sector generates nearly three-fourths of the waste in California, much of which is recyclable. The Mandatory Recycling Law (AB 341) states that businesses, including public entities, generating four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services starting July 1, 2012. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following to divert solid waste from disposal: self-haul, subscribe to a hauler(s), arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials, or subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation. Visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Recycling Law. Please contact Republic Services Recycling Coordinator to sign up for recycling updates or to learn about your options for organics recycling compliance.