Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

California's Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826) and Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SB 1383) laws aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting organic waste from landfills and transforming it into reusable products through composting and anaerobic digestion.

Stay Up-to-Date on Requirements for Your Business

The City presented about Commercial Organics Recycling to the Citrus Heights Chamber on March 9, 2021. Click here to see the presentation.

AB 1826

Under State Law Assembly Bill (AB) 1826, businesses generating 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste (garbage, recycling, and organic waste) per week must arrange for organic recycling services with one of the City’s franchised commercial haulers. 

Additionally, multi-family properties with five or more units, must arrange for organic recycling services.

SB 1383

Beginning January 1, 2022, all businesses will be required to subscribe to organics recycling services under State Law Senate Bill (SB) 1383. Additionally, certain businesses must recover edible food for human consumption. Please see Edible Food Recovery below for more information.

AB 827

As of July 1, 2020, AB 827 requires all businesses (except full service restaurants) to provide organics and recycling bins at front-of-house to collect food scraps and recycling. Signs can help your customers choose the right bin.  Below are links to signs your business can use on or near the bins to help your customers use the correct bin.

Style A: Landfill, Recycling, and Compost

Style B: Landfill, Recycling, and Compost

Also, please see the CalRecycle Resource Page and FAQ Page for additional information.

Citrus Heights Municipal Code

The City of Citrus Heights adopted the requirements of AB 1826, AB 827, and SB 1383 into its Municipal Code (No. 2020-008) on September 10, 2020.

What can go in my Organics Bin?

  • Food Waste and Food-Soiled Paper
    • Meat scraps, dairy products, egg shells
    • Fruit and vegetable peels and trimmings
    • Food-soiled paper products such as used napkins, paper towels, and paper cups (without plastic linings)
  • Landscaping Waste
    • Leaves, grass clippings, and plants
    • Prunings, shrubs, and small branches

Implement a Recycling and Organics Program in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Contact your waste hauler. The easiest way to comply with the state and city requirements is to contact your waste-hauling company to sign up for commercial recycling and /or organics collection services.
  2. Get Outdoor Bins for Recyclables and Organics. Your waste hauler will provide you with outdoor containers for your recyclables and organics, which will look similar to your trash container(s).
  3. Set Up Indoor Containers and Signs. You will need to place indoor collection containers and signs for collecting recyclables and organics generated at your place of business.
  4. Educate Your Employees. Educated employees are the key to a successful organics recycling program. Please make sure your employees know how to properly separate garbage, recycling, and organics into the correct bins prior to collection. 

Alternative Compliance and Exemptions

Your business may also be compliant with mandatory organics recycling laws even if you do not have food waste/organics service with your regular solid waste hauler. Alternative compliance may mean:

  • Organics are collected by a different hauler than your other waste,
  • The business staff self-hauls organics for composting or recycling, 
  • The business uses a shared cart or bin to collect food waste, or
  • The business generates less than 20 gallons per week of food scraps and yard clippings.

If your business is in compliance with mandatory organics recycling through one of these methods, please submit an Alternative Compliance/Exemption form.

You may request an exemption if your business meets certain conditions. If you think your business qualifies for an exemption from mandatory organics recycling, please submit an Alternative Compliance/Exemption form. Information you provide on the exemption form is subject to annual on-site verification by city staff. Exemptions are for extraordinary and unforeseen events, including temporary closure due to COVID-19 (limited-term exemptions). Exemptions may take 30 days to process from receipt of completed form. 

Edible Food Recovery

SB 1383 establishes two “tiers” of commercial edible food generators to which the regulations apply. Beginning January 1, 2022, Tier 1 generators must arrange for recovery of edible food and keep a record of recovery activities including a contract with a food recovery organization(s). Beginning January 1, 2024, Tier 2 generators will be required to comply with the requirements described above.

 Tier 1 Commercial Edible Food Generators are:

  • Supermarkets
  • Grocery stores with a total facility size equal to or greater than 10,000 square feet
  • Food service providers
  • Food distributors
  • Wholesale food vendors

Tier 2 Commercial Edible Food Generators are:

  • Restaurants with 250 or more seats, or a total facility size equal to or greater than 5,000 square feet
  • Hotels with an on‐site food facility and 200 or more rooms
  • Health facilities with an on‐site food facility and 100 or more beds
  • Large venues
  • Large events
  • State agencies with a cafeteria with 250 or more seats or total cafeteria facility size equal to or greater than 5,000 square feet
  • Local education agency facilities with an on‐site food facility

Edible Food Recovery locations coming soon 

For more information including model contracts, please visit:


For questions, please contact General Services at 916-727-4770. 

Page last updated January 31, 2022.