Commercial and Organic Recycling

California's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

Per California State Law AB 341, businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards (CY) of waste a week are required to have recycling services. Businesses that have a 4 Yard bin or larger, or empty a smaller bin multiple times that is  equivalent to  4 CY  in a week, fall into this category regardless if it is completely filled. To reduce your bin size please contact your waste hauler

All multi-family residences with 5 or more units, regardless of weekly trash generation, are also required to have recycling services.

Recycling may be done by:

  • Self haul

  • Subscribe to hauling service

  • Arrange for pick up of recyclable materials

  • Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.

For more information on AB 341 visit the CalRecycle web page.

Organics Recycling

Some California businesses and multi-family properties of 5 units or more  are required to start recycling their organic waste.  Organic waste includes food waste, food-soiled paper waste, and landscaping waste (grass clippings, tree trimmings, etc.). Multi-family residences of 5 units or more are not required to recycle food wastes.

The purpose of California’s mandatory commercial recycling law (Assembly Bill 1826) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial organic waste from landfills and transforming it into reusable products through composting, anaerobic digestion, or incineration.  

Who is required to comply with AB 1826 and recycle their organic waste?

  • Businesses: Businesses and public entities that generate 4 CY of organic waste (food and/or green waste) per week.

  • Multi-family properties: Apartment and condominium complexes of five units or more

Businesses and multi-family properties will be required to recycle organics based upon the following timetable: 

  • January 1, 2017: Generators of 4 or more CY  of organic waste per week

  • January 1, 2019: Generators of 4 or more CY of Solid waste per week

  • January 1, 2020:  Generators of 2 or more CY of solid waste per week, if statewide disposal of organic waste is not decreased by half

Learn more about mandatory organic recycling in California:

What is organic waste?

Recyclable organics may include:

-Food material resulting from the processing, storage, preparation, cooking, handling, or consumption of food. Examples include:

-Discarded meat scraps; dairy products; egg shells; fruit or vegetable peels and trimmings.

-Other unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted food items;
Food-soiled paper products such as used napkins, paper towels, paper plates, and paper cups.

-Landscaping waste

-Leaves, grass clippings, plants, and seaweed;

-Pruning’s, shrubs, and small branches; and stumps.

Wood waste

 Check with your waste hauler for allowable wood wastes. 

To contact a commercial waste hauler licensed to work in the City of Ripon please contact:

Gilton Solid waste Management: (209) 527-3781

Bertolloti Disposal Inc.: (209) 537-8000

Waste Management / Stockton Scavenger: ( 209) 946-5721

City of Ripon: (209) 599-2151

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