Local jurisdictions shall implement an organic waste recycling program on and after January 1, 2016 to divert organic waste generated by businesses. If a jurisdiction has an organic waste recycling program in place that meets CalRecycle's requirements, it is not required to implement a new or expanded organic waste recycling program. Currently, the LASAN Curbside Green WAste Program ONLY accepts fruits and vegetables from the garden in the green bin. Please do NOT place food waste and food scraps in the green bin.
The law phases in the requirements on businesses, including "multi-family residential dwellings that consist of five or more units," over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces on a weekly basis, with full implementation realized in 2019. Additionally, the law contains a 2020 trigger that will increase the scope of affected businesses, if waste reduction targets are not met. The implementation schedule is as follows:
*Note: Multi-family dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program.
A jurisdiction's organic waste recycling program targeted to commercial organic waste generators may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following key elements:
The law also requires that each jurisdiction’s program contain certain common elements. These requirements are applicable whether or not the jurisdiction meets its 50 percent per capita disposal target:
Note: The authority of a local governmental agency to adopt, implement, or enforce a local organic waste recycling requirement, or impose a condition upon a self-hauler, that is more stringent or comprehensive than the requirements of this law is not limited.
Additionally, the following are not modified, limited, or abrogated in any manner by this law:
Exemptions: On a case-by-case basis, a jurisdiction may exempt individual businesses from the organic waste recycling requirements. Jurisdictions must include their rationale for allowing exemptions in the electronic annual report (EAR) they submit to CalRecycle.
Certain exemptions (denoted below with an asterisk) will not be allowed on and after January 1, 2020, if CalRecycle determines that statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced to 50 percent of the level of disposal during the 2014 calendar year. Exemptions may include, but are not limited to the following: