Mandatory Organics Recycling Requirements
ARE YOU COMPLIANT?
Businesses and institutions that generate significant quantities* of organics (food scraps and/or compostable paper), such as restaurants and grocery stores: Provide containers and service of sufficient number, size and frequency for organics.
* The Ordinance prohibits the disposal of any food scraps or compostable paper in the garbage. However, for practical use, organics are considered to be “significant” when 10 or more gallons (think two 5-gallon buckets full) are disposed of in a garbage cart or 20 or more gallons (four 5-gallon buckets full) of organics are disposed of in a garbage bin.
Additionally, ACWMA Ordinance 2008-01 requires businesses and institutions in Alameda County generating 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to separate all plant debris from garbage and recyclable materials. Those with on-site service must place plant debris in a designated organics collection bin. Businesses can arrange for the removal of plant debris by their landscaper. The landscaper must haul to an approved facility and must deposit plant debris in the facility’s designated “clean green” area.
For more information about the Mandatory Organics Recycling Requirements, click here.
We Are Here to Help!
CONTACT US TODAY! OUR REPRESENTATIVES CAN:
- Visit your business to conduct waste assessments.*
- Make service suggestions.
- Help train employees and/or tenants.*
- Provide posters, and service guides.
*Social distancing protocols must be practiced.
Proper Sorting Makes a Difference!
USE YOUR CONTAINERS TO PROPERLY SORT YOUR ORGANIC WASTE FOR:
- Compliance with County Ordinances and State Regulations. Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance, Alameda County Plant Debris Landfill Ban Ordinance, AB341, AB1826, and SB 1383.
- A reduction in the amount of material going to the landfill which in turn will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Of the 39 million tons of waste disposed of in California landfills in 2018, one third was compostable organic materials. Anaerobic decomposition of organic materials in landfills produces methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas that contributes to pollution and global warming. Composting organic material sequesters carbon and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Prevent Food Waste
Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food waste each year. This equals 18% of all the material that goes to landfills.
FIND GENERAL FOOD WASTE PREVENTION TIPS AT:
TIPS FOR FOOD GENERATING COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS
- Use perishable produce quickly
- Store all food properly. (Typically below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for refrigerators and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for freezers, consult your local health code requirements.)
- Track inventory to prevent over-ordering and spoilage.
- Keep your storage equipment in good working order.
- Prepare for power loss by having a back-up power plan.
GIVE EDIBLE LEFTOVERS TO EMPLOYEES OR DONATE EDIBLE FOOD TO A CHARITY OR FOOD BANK
- Alameda Food Bank
- Alameda County Community Food Bank
- Alameda Food Pantries
- For a list of organizations in Alameda County that accept food donations, click here.
- Please contact the organization directly to review guidelines and see if they are accepting food at this time.
SB 1383 will require the donation of edible food for human use. Click here for more information.