Organic materials are the largest component of waste disposed of in our landfills. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in landfills have been identified as a significant contributor to global climate change.
In 2014, the State of California passed AB 1826 which requires that businesses producing organic waste, including but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, and landscaping companies set up programs to recycle their organic waste instead of sending it to the landfill.
Examples of organic waste include:
- All Foods - fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, bones, bread, cheese, grains, and eggshells.
- Plant Material - floral trimmings, tree trimmings, leaves, grass, brush, and weeds.
- Other Organics - waxed cardboard, paper napkins, paper towels, paper plates, paper cartons, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters, wooden crates, and sawdust.
AB 1826 set these implementation dates:
- Businesses that generate eight cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling service by April 1, 2016.
- Businesses that generate four cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling service by January 1, 2017.
- Businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of commercial waste per week must arrange for organic waste recycling service by January 2019.
The State has mandated organic waste recycling as the next step toward achieving California’s recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals.
Contact Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services at (760) 340-2113 to set up organic recycling service.