Mandatory Organics Recyling

Mandatory Organics Recycling in 2022.

General Information

In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource), for the purposes of AB 1826, means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016), which established targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. These new organics recycling regulations require jurisdictions to provide organic waste collections services to all residents and businesses in 2022.

Organics Recycling for Single-family & Multi-family Complexes (<5 Units)

New state regulations now require residents to subscribe to and participate in their local organic's curbside collection services.

At this time, Tulare County Solid Waste is working with franchise haulers to implement organics collection services in compliance with SB 1383. Residents should continue to sort waste types into the correct bins and/or carts, following guidance and service requirements provided by your hauler.

Organics Recyling for Multi-family Complexes (5+ Units)

Why recycle?

State law now requires that apartment communities/multi-family housing with 5 or more units must recycle.

Some benefits to organics recycling include:

  • Recycling may provide opportunities to save money.
  • Recycling helps conserve resources and also helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.
  • Many apartment residents are requesting recycling.
  • Providing recycling helps promote your community as environmentally friendly and may help fill vacancies.
     

How to get started?

It’s easy to recycle!

  • Make sure residents separate recyclable items from trash inside their home.
  • Inform residents that they must place recyclable items in outside recycling containers for collection.
  • Make sure residents know where outside recycling containers are located.

Note: Any business or individual may donate, sell and/or otherwise arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.

Organics Recycling for Businesses

Why recycle?

State law now requires all businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of waste weekly to recycle.

Some benfits to commercial organics recycling include:

  • Recycling may provide opportunities for your business to save money.
  • Recycling helps conserve resources and extends the life of California’s landfills.
  • It also helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations.

 

How to get started?

It’s easy to recycle at your business:

  • Make sure your business has arranged for recycling services
  • Separate recyclable items from trash inside your business.
  • Place your recyclable items in external recycling containers for collection.

Note: Any business or individual may donate, sell and/or otherwise arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.

City Contact Information:

The County does not regulate collection services within the cities. Please contact your city Solid Waste department for more information on your services and service requirements.

  • Dinuba --  559-591-5921
  • Exeter -- 559-592-3318
  • Farmersville -- 559-747-3330
  • Lindsay -- 559-562-5945
  • Porterville -- 559-782-7514
  • Tulare -- 559-685-2369
  • Visalia -- 1-855-203-1315
  • Woodlake -- 559-564-2317

Hauler Contact Information:

For more information from your hauler, please refer to the contact information below.

  • Miramonte Sanitation -- 559-638-1313
  • Pena Disposal, Inc. -- 559-528-3909
  • Mid Valley Disposal (Three Rivers and Allied Disposal) -- 559-897-5217
  • USA Waste (Waste Management) -- 1-800-870-9378
  • South Tulare-Richgrove -- 661-725-0265
  • Tule Trash -- 559-757-1045

County Contact Information:

For more information, please contact Tulare County Solid Waste at 559-624-7195 or visit the CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Recycling Page.