In October of 2014, the State of California adopted Assembly Bill 1826, requiring businesses and multifamily properties to recycle their organic waste materials beginning April 1, 2016. This will help California achieve the goal of 75 percent waste diversion by 2020, as well as an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Implementation Dates and Thresholds
April 1, 2016 - Businesses generating 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week
Jan. 1, 2017 - Businesses generating 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week
Jan. 1, 2019 - Businesses generating 4 cubic yards of solid waste (trash) per week
More information on these dates and thresholds is available through the CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling website.
What is organic waste?
Food scraps and compostable paper: food waste and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste
If your business is generating food waste, you can follow federal guidelines for food recovery. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a hierarchy with tips and other information to help your business prevent and divert wasted food.
3) Learn About Food Waste and How To Prevent It
Forty percent of food in the United States is wasted. Learn about the true impacts of food waste in a new campaign called Save the Food. Developing a food waste prevention plan is an important step for businesses. The resources below can help businesses develop a food waste prevention plan:
Nearly one in seven San Diego residents (approximately 500,000 people annually) does not know where their next meal is coming from. Regionally, almost 500,000 tons of food waste is sent to the landfill. Instead of throwing food away, businesses can set up systems to donate food rather than throwing it away. The following resources are available for informational purposes. Note that these sites and services are not endorsed by the City of Carlsbad. Contact Us to suggest any additional links.
Composting is nature’s way of recycling and turns organic waste into a valuable organic fertilizer. Composting is an excellent alternative to sending food waste to the landfill.
Food waste can also be sent to cogeneration facilities to generate energy.
As a last resort, food waste can be placed in the trash.
City of Carlsbad is currently working with CalRecycle, the city's trash hauler Waste Management and other jurisdictions in San Diego County to find a regional solution for composting and the energy cogeneration option. More information will be available soon.