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Mandatory Commercial & Organic Recycling

Mandatory Commercial & Organic Recycling


These are mandatory recycling laws for all commercial establishments in Fullerton.  Please be advised and set up an appropriate recycling program at your business.  In order for any businesses to set or renew a business registration, you must demonstrate that your business has a proper waste and recycling program.  Please contact Republic Services, the City's exclusive hauler, at 714-238-3300 for more information. 

AB 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (MCR)

The commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the waste in California much of which is recyclable. The Mandatory Recycling Law (AB 341) is designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling and requires businesses, including public entities, generating four(4) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services starting July 1, 2012. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following to divert solid waste from disposal: self-haul, subscribe to a hauler(s), arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials, and/ or subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.

Please contact Republic Services (MG Disposal) to sign up for recycling or find out about your recycling options for compliance. For more information, visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Mandatory Recycling Law.

AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law

Effective April 2016

Attention, Restaurants!

  • Recyclable organic waste accounts for about 40% of the material Californians dispose in landfills annually. In order for California to achieve its aggressive recycling and waste diversion goals to recycle 75% of its waste by 2020, it must recycle its organic waste. The Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826) requires that businesses, including public entities and multifamily complexes of five units or more, and other generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week arrange for recycling services for the following types of organic waste: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed with food waste.  Multifamily complexes must arrange for recycling services for the same material with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper. 

    Most organic waste is recyclable through methods such as composting, mulching, and anaerobic digestion. Organics must be separated from trash and you can comply with this law by choosing a combination of any of the following recycling program options:

  1. Subscribe to the Food Scrap Recycling Program offered by Republic Services by calling 714-238-3317 or via email at ivllegas@republicservices.com;
  2. Recycle food scraps onsite through methods such as composting, or self-haul food scraps to a composting facility (must keep documentation) and report method to Republic Services
  3. Donate eligible food to a local food bank or Waste Not OC  by calling 855-700-9662 (must keep documentation).
  4. Applies to multi-family complexes only:  Advise your landscaper to properly divert collected organic waste from the landfill by hauling green waste to permitted facilities.  Self-report by filling out multifamily complex  option of the survey:


Please contact Republic Services (MG Disposal) to sign up for organic recycling or find out about your options for compliance or check out their Fullerton AB1826 Brochure. For more information, visit the CalRecycle website for more information about the Organic Recycling requirements.

Since this new law became effective in 2016, the City and Republic Services has continued to reach out to qualified businesses to introduce our commercial food waste recycling program to help comply with AB1826 state requirements.   Visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/FAQ.htm to learn more about the State of California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law.

More Resources to save $$ and reducing food waste today!

US EPA Food Recovery Challenge
A Guide to Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment (EPA)
Reducing Waste Food & Packaging - A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants (EPA)




updated: 6/01/2020