Organics (Food) Recycling

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AB 1826: Solid Waste: Organic Waste

The 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.

The bill requires businesses to recycle organic waste on and after April 1, 2016 depending upon the amount they generate per week.

On and after

Businesses that Generate per Week

Material Type

4/1/2016

8 cubic yards or more

Organic Waste

1/1/2017

4 cubic yards or more

Organic Waste

1/1/2019

4 cubic yards or more

Solid Waste

At CalRecycle’s Discretion if Organic Waste is Not Reduced to 50% of 2014 Levels

1/1/2020

2 cubic yards or more

Solid Waste

 

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

To obtain more information and a staff site visit, please complete the Organics Assistance Form.

 

Organics Brochure (English version) also available in Armenian and Spanish per request to recycle@glendaleca.gov.


 

Food Donation

Over 45% of Glendale's waste stream is organic. Reduce waste and help those in need by donating surplus food. The LA Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division has prepared food safety guidelines to facilitate safe food donations. 

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, contact the LA 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 ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov

Resources

 

For More Information

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