AB 1826 (Chesbro, 2013-14) - Organics Recycling

AB 1826 will drive the recycling of yard trimming and food scraps by requiring commercial generators to subscribe to composting or anaerobic digestion service for their organic waste. 

Position and Status. AB 1826 is sponsored by CAW. It has passed the legislature and been signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

Update: Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1826 into law!


Returning organic materials to soils drastically reduces the environmental impacts of landfills, reduces greenhouse gases, creates jobs, and helps sustain California's agricultural industry.

Despite California's robust recycling infrastructure for traditional recyclables, the state continues to landfill organic materials, such as yard trimmings and food scraps, at an alarming rate. In fact, food is the most prevalent item in our waste stream and a third of the material going to landfills is readily compostable.

It doesn't have to be this way. With strong policy leadership and a shift away from laws that incentivize the landfilling of this valuable material, California can become a leader in the recycling of organics.

AB 1826 would require businesses that generate a lot of food scraps or yard debris to sign up for recycling of this material.

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CAW Staff Contacts.

Nick Lapis (916) 443-5422

American Biogas Council
Association of Compost Producers
Biodegradable Products Institute
Bioenergy Association of California
Breathe California
California Biomass Energy Alliance
California Climate and Agriculture Network
California Coastal Protection Network
California Compost Coalition
California League of Conservation Voters
California Resource Recovery Association
Californians Against Waste (sponsor)
Castaway Solutions
Center for Biological Diversity
City and County of San Francisco
Clean Power Campaign
Coalition for Clean Air
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Costa Mesa Sanitary District
CR&R Environmental Services
Ecology Center
Environment California
Frank M Booth Design Build Co.
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Global Green USA
Grassroots Recycling Network
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
GreenWaste Recovery
Harvest Power
Inland Empire Disposal Association
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Napa Recycling & Waste Services
Natural Resources Defense Council
NatureWorks, LLC
Northern California Recycling Association
Peabody Engineering
Planning and Conservation League
Sierra Club California
Solid Waste Association of Orange County
Sonoma Compost
Synergex International
US Composting Council
Vasko Electric, Inc

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