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Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe)

In October of 2014 Governor Brown signed AB1826 - Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016 depending on the amount of waste generated per week.  This applies to all businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings of five or more units. Organic waste is defined as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. 

The minimum threshold of organic waste generation decreases throughout the implementation process, which means more businesses will be required to have an organics recycling program in place. The law phases in requirements on businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units.  The following are the implementation dates and thresholds:

  • 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 eight cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.
  • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four 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. (See above for description of information to be provided.)
  • 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 four 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 shall conduct its formal review of all jurisdictions.
  • Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines that the statewide disposal of organic waste in 2020 has not been reduced by 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements on businesses will expand to cover businesses that generate two cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Additionally certain exemptions, previously discussed, may no longer be available if this target is not met.

*Please note multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.

For more information on AB1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling visit CalRecycle at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics/.  To setup an organics recycling program, please contact Tracy Disposal at 209-835-0601 or email email jennifer@tdswm.com.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 209-831-6362, email jennifer.cariglio@ci.tracy.ca.us

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