AB 1826 - Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Service

Effective January 1, 2019, State law (AB 1826) requires all businesses generating four-plus yards of weekly trash to establish an organics diversion program. Organic material as defined by this law is food scraps, food soiled paper, plant debris, and clean/untreated wood. 

Amador Valley Industries (AVI), the City's waste hauler, can walk your business through establishing an organics collection program.  Contact AVI's recycle coordinator Jesse Tieger at (925) 479-9545, extension 263, to set up service and receive the following free assistance:

  • Waste assessments to determine your organics collection service needs
  • Cost savings estimate (organics collection service costs half as much as trash)
  • Indoor food waste/organics collection containers (limited # available)
  • Program set up and staff training
  • Organics posters and container decals
  • On-going support to keep your program running smoothly

Organics collection service costs 50% less than regular garbage service. When your business establishes organics collection service, you should be able to reduce the volume of your weekly garbage service and reduce your monthly service costs.