Madatory Commercial Organics Recycling [MORe] (AB 1826)

Did you know organic waste makes up 40% of the wastestream? With a California law (AB 1826) in effect as of April 1, 2016, large quantities of organic waste (food, yard trimmings, etc.) must now be diverted from trash bins. In response, Waste Resources has developed a food scrap collection program for our commercial customers. A greenwaste (yard trimmings, grass clippings) collection program is already available to our commercial customers.

Diverting food scraps from local landfills reduces carbon emissions and creates fuels for alternative forms of energy or a nutrient-rich soil amendment.

As sustainability becomes more important to all of us, taking the pledge to "go green" can help grow your business as community members see that you care.

Share our goal of greater sustainability by going green with food scrap collection today!

Implementation Schedule

The threshold for compliance is as follows:
  • Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week - April 1, 2016
  • Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of organic waste per week - January 1, 2017
  • Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week - January 1, 2019
  • Businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week - Summer/Fall 2021
*Note: Multi-family dwellings of 5+ units are not required to have a food waste program.

Call us to find out if you need to comply with this law or for help in setting up your program.

What goes in the food scrap cart?

  • All fruits and vegetables
  • All pasta, grains, bread, coffee grounds, cheese, pastry, rice, and beans
  • All trimmings and cooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, bones, and eggs

What does not go in the food scrap cart?

  • Oil, grease, or fats
  • Coffee filters, kitchen paper towels, or napkins
  • Plastic bags or films
  • Cans or glass
  • Cups, plates, or utensils
It is up to each jurisdiction to monitor and enforce compliance with this law and report progress to the state each year. For information on your city's efforts to meet the requirements of AB 1826, click below.

Franchise Cities Open Market / Non-Exclusive Franchise Areas As your city's partner, Waste Resources is here to help you comply with the law. Not sure where or how to start? Contact us today for a FREE on-site evaluation so that we can customize the most cost-effective program to fit your needs. Available services can be found here.

Recovering unserved fresh, packaged, or prepared food is a great way to reduce your organic waste. Contact Food Finders' Chris Wong at (562) 283-1400 x105 or cwong@foodfinders.org for more information on starting a food rescue program today! The Good Samaritan Law makes it easier to donate and protects you from liability when donating to a nonprofit, so please consider this option. Food Finders can also provide you with reports on the amount of food donated, which helps you track compliance with this law.