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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

California State Law AB 341 (2011) requires businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste per week and multi-family complexes with 5 or more units to implement recycling programs. To schedule a FREE waste assessment to start or improve a recycling program at your business or multi-family complex, call (831) 775-3000.

For more information about the mandatory commercial recycling law, visit CalRecycle’s website.


AB 341 Brochure

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

California State Law AB 1826 (2014) requires commercial businesses, public entities and multifamily units of five (5) or more to recycle their organic waste through available programs or services depending on the amount of waste they generate per week.  Organic waste means food scraps, food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste, yard waste, landscape and pruning waste, and nonhazardous wood waste. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses.

  • The law phases in the requirements over several years. Business and multifamily complexes must start recycling organic waste by the following dates:
    • January 1, 2017 generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
    • January 1, 2019 generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week
    • January 1, 2020 generator of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week

To learn more about the proper disposal and recycling of organic material or to schedule a FREE Waste Assessment to start or improve an organics recycling program at your facility please call Salinas Valley Recycles (831) 775-3000.

For more information on AB 1826 please visit the CalRecycle web site.


AB1826 Brochure

ChannelOne Food Waste Video

What is the purpose of AB 341 and AB 1826?

The purpose of these laws is to:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste and organics to recycling efforts
  • Expand recycling opportunities in California
  • Conserve and reclaim natural resources to extend the life of our local landfill

Both laws will increase the diversion of commercial solid waste and organics to be recycled, thereby reducing disposal fees for businesses and meeting the statewide waste diversion goal of 75% by 2020.

What are the Options to Repurpose or Recycle Organic Waste in the Salinas Valley?

Donate non-perishable and non-expired food items to the Food Bank for Monterey County. The Food Bank supports local community members and organizations in need. Visit: Food Bank for Monterey County or call: (831) 758-1523.

Agriculture industry businesses can donate surplus produce to the following local agencies:

  • Ag Against Hunger supports Food Banks, Schools and Food Assistant Programs to help feed the hungry. Visit: Ag Against Hunger or call: (831) 422-9007.
  • The Food Bank for Monterey County accepts surplus donations. Visit: Food Bank for Monterey County or call (831) 758-1523
Arrange for food waste collection services at your business by contacting the following authorized food waste haulers:

Arrange for yard waste collection services for your business. Visit Collection Services to find the hauler in your area.
Self-haul or contract with a licensed landscape maintenance service to have yard waste debris recycled from your business, multifamily complex or government agency. Yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, tree branches, etc.) must be taken to a permitted organic waste recycling facility.

Learn about on-site composting by contacting Salinas Valley Recycles at (831) 775-3000 or visit our home composting page for more info.

Why Recycle your Food Scraps?

In the U.S. 40% of the food produced is never eaten; the average American throws away 209 to 254 pounds of edible food each year!

Discarded food represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills which results in methane gas emissions and other environmental issues, costing the U.S. about $1 million to dispose of food waste per year.

For more links, videos, and resources regarding food waste check out Californians Against Waste.

Click below to watch our very own Salinas Valley featured on these PBS newshour segments.

Why does almost half of America’s food go to Waste? 

How California is fighting the problem of food waste

Resources for Food Waste Reduction

K-12 Food Waste Best Practices 

EPA Sustainable Management of Food