Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

As of January 1, 2019, most businesses generating 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week shall arrange for organic recycling services. this is a state law, under AB 1826 and also codified in the Citrus Heights Municipal Code.   Organic waste includes food waste, food-soiled paper waste, and landscaping waste (grass clippings, tree trimmings, etc.). Please see the brochure (PDF) or CalRecycle's Resource Page for additional information.

The purpose of California’s mandatory commercial organics recycling law (Assembly Bill 1826) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial organic waste from landfills and transforming it into reusable products through composting, anaerobic digestion, or incineration.

Per the new state law, most Citrus Heights businesses and multifamily properties will be required to recycle organics based upon the following timetable: 

  • April 1, 2016 Generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2017 Generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2019 Generators of 4 or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week
  • *January 1, 2020 *Generators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, if statewide disposal of organic waste is not decreased by half

Recyclable Organics may include:

Food material resulting from the processing, storage, preparation, cooking, handling, or consumption of food. Examples include:

  • discarded meat scraps; dairy products; egg shells; fruit or vegetable peels and trimmings;
  • other unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted food items; and
  • food-soiled paper products such as used napkins, paper towels, paper plates, and paper cups.

Landscaping Waste

  • leaves, grass clippings, plants, and seaweed;
  • pruning’s, shrubs, and small branches; and
  • stumps.

Wood Waste

  • Unpainted, new or demolition (may contain nails or other trace contaminants);
  • plywood, particleboard, wafer board, oriented strand board, and other residual materials used for construction (may contain nails or other trace contaminants); and
  • unpainted wood pallets, crates, and packaging made of lumber/engineered wood.
Exemptions
Exemptions may be requested if certain conditions are met. Contact General Services at 916-727-4770 or generalservices@citrusheights.net to determine if an exemption may apply. Reasons for exemptions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Lack of sufficient space in multifamily complexes or businesses to provide additional organic material recycling bins.
  • Existing business actions that result in the recycling of a significant portion of its organic waste.
  • Generation by the business or group of less than one-half of a cubic yard of organic waste per week.
  • *Generation by the business or group of less than one cubic yard of organic waste per week (if the local jurisdiction provides CalRecycle with information that explains the need for this higher exemption).
  • Extraordinary and unforeseen events (limited-term exemptions).