Background and Overview
In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), which requires businesses and multifamily residential dwellings* to divert their organic waste** from the landfill. Currently businesses and Multifamily dwellings that generate 2CY of Organic waste per week must subscribe to an organics diversion program.
*Multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.
**Organic Waste (also referred to as organics) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste.
Additional Resources Provided by CalRecycle
Cool California provides resources for small businesses, including a carbon calculator, sustainability activities, success stories, funding wizard, and an awards program.
The Institute offers free resources that are tailored toward key stakeholders, including communities, material recovery facilities, composters, anaerobic digestion facilities and recycling end markets. Resources include overviews of California-specific recycling and composting studies, an interactive map of end markets, information sheets for materials recovery facilities, resident outreach materials, and more.
AmpleHarvest.org is a unique nationwide resource that is eliminating the waste of food, the outcome being a reduction in hunger and malnutrition along with an improved environment. It is accomplished by utilizing the Internet to enable 42 million Americans who grow food in home/community gardens to easily donate their excess harvest to one of 8,563 registered local food pantries spread across all 50 states. These food pantries help nourish the one out of six Americans (including a quarter of all kids under six ) that rely on these pantries.
The Institute for Local Self Reliance has released Community Composting Done Right: A Guide to Best Management Practices. Resources include a full report, a summary of best management practices, a troubleshooting guide, data sheets, and a series of posters which won’t drain your printer cartridges that are designed to provide simple visuals that assist key operations. The resources are designed to support community-scale composters in successfully managing their composting process and site, with a particular focus on sites accepting food scraps.
The Center for EcoTechnology offers free resources on food waste reduction, food rescue and food waste separation. The Best Management Practice Tip Sheets were tailored to businesses and institutions in San Diego County, created by CET with guidance from CalRecycle, Solana Center and San Diego Food System Alliance.