The requirement to recycle organic waste is especially important in the view of environmental sustainability. By diverting organic waste from landfills, landfill methane production will be reduced and return resources and nutrients back to the environment. The organic waste that is recycled will be used in composting systems for local farms and used to create energy through anaerobic digestion. This will increase the amount of renewable energy consumption and compost available for local farms.
The organic waste recycling requirements are planned to be implemented in phases that start with regulations on large organic waste producers. If waste reduction goals are not met within the first few years, phases requiring the recycling of organic waste based on commercial solid waste production will go into effect. The phases requiring recycling will begin April of next year as follows:
- Starting April 1, 2016 for businesses that produce eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week
- Staring January 1, 2017 for businesses that produce four cubic yards or more of organic waste per week
- Starting January 1, 2019 for businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week
- Starting January 1, 2020 for businesses that generate two cubic yards of solid waste per week
This law and its requirements will be implemented and monitored by local jurisdictions. Starting January 1, 2016, the local jurisdictions will be rolling out recycling plans for their respective areas. Information and additional resources can be found on CalRecycle. For any additional information or assistance, feel free to contact the Business Environmental Resource Center at 916-874-2100.