Mandatory Organics Recycling

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circlegraphicorganiccut_7The California legislature implemented laws requiring organics diversion at businesses.  Qualifying accounts serviced by the Integrated Waste Management Division are eligible for free organics recycling service to recycle organics required by Assembly Bill 1826.  An applicable commercial property must recycle organic waste beginning January 1, 2019 if it generates 4yd3 or more trash per week.    


Requirements of this program include:

  • Garbage service must be provided by the City's Integrated Waste Management Division
  • The site must generate 4yd3 or more trash per week
  • Property owner must provide permission for the City to begin services and perform outreach on site

Organic Materials Collected

  • Food Scraps and Green Waste 
  • Coffee Grounds, Filters, Paper Products & Tea Bags

Two free internal organics collection containers will be provided per business to collect organics.  The items collected in these containers will be distributed to the outside collection carts (currently 48 gallon carts).

To obtain more information and a staff site visit, please complete the organics assistance form. 

Organics Assistance Form

Organics Brochure (English version) also available in Armenian and Spanish

Organics Container Labels

Food Donation

Over 45% of Glendale's waste stream is organic. Reduce waste and help those in need by donating surplus food. Hotels, restaurants, food facilities, or other catered events can donate surplus food. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division has prepared the following food safety guidelines to facilitate safe food donations. 

Remember that prepared foods and meals can only be donated by permitted restaurants, hotels, food processing facilities, food distributors or catered events. Donated foods are limited to foods or food portions that have not been previously served to a customer. 

For more information, call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health - Environmental Health at (626) 430-5200 during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), call the 24-hour Hotline at (888) 700-9995, or email


Common Organic Waste Materials

In addition to recycling, food waste can be prevented or diverted through the Food Recovery Hierarchy.

For More Information

Call Integrated Waste Management Division at (818) 548-3916