Mandatory Commercial Organics

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AB 1826 Mandatory Commercial Organics

California State Law AB 1826 was enacted in 2014 and is intended to reduce the quantity of organic waste disposed.  Organics are the largest portion of the disposed materials in California landfills, comprising over 30%.  Recycling organics is integral to meet the State’s 75% recycling goal by 2020.  Avoiding landfill methane emissions from decomposition of food also addresses California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

This law places requirements on local government as well as individual businesses.  Businesses are defined as “a commercial or public entity or a multi-family dwelling”  (Multi-family residential dwellings of 5 or more units must recycle their landscape wastes, but are not required to divert food waste).  Organic waste is defined as “food waste, greenwaste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste than is mixed in with food waste.” 

How does the Mandatory Commercial Organics Law affect you? 

Victorville Organics Collection Has Begun.

City of Victorville began collection of organic materials (food waste and garden trimmings) from commercial and multi-family locations in late July 2018.  For more information about starting organics collection service, please contact Recycling Program Technician, Cindy Poore, by calling (760) 955-2017 or by email to  to arrange for services. Businesses that generate less than the current minimum requirement for Mandatory Organics Recycling may also opt into the program.