Mandatory Organics Recycling Expands in 2019

August 29, 2018

In 2014, California passed AB 1826, which mandates that businesses recycle or divert their organic waste from landfills. The mandate did not affect many businesses at first, since it only applied to those that generated more than eight cubic yards of organic waste per week. That is about to change.

Starting in January 2019, “Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services,” according to the legislation. Organic waste includes:

  • All foods including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, bones, bread, cheese, grains, and eggshells as well as
  • Plant material including floral and tree trimmings, leaves, grass, brush, and weeds.

It is important to note that businesses that produce less than a half cubic yard of organic waste per week are exempt. Businesses can arrange for organics recycling service by calling Burrtec at 760.340.2113. For more information, please call the City of Palm Desert at 760.346.0611, ext. 416.

Last modified: August 29, 2018

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