The mandatory organics recycling law defines a business as a commercial or public entity (such as a school or hospital), including multifamily residential dwellings (5 units or more), that generates a specified amount of organic waste after April 1, 2016.
A business is a commercial or public entity, including, but not limited to, a firm, partnership, proprietorship, joint stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or nonprofit entity, or a multifamily residential complex. For businesses that are co-located within a shopping center or a single building, the property owner or management company may require tenants or lessees to separate their organic waste for compliance with this law.
Multifamily complexes are not required to recycle food waste, only landscaping waste.
The timing of compliance will depend upon how much waste your business generates:
A business that meets the waste generation threshold must do one or more of the following activities to be in compliance:
April 1, 2016Generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
January 1, 2017Generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
January 1, 2019Generators of 4 or more cubic yards of 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
Possibly. Your existing hauler may or may not charge more to begin picking up your organic waste. You may need to contract with an additional hauler if your existing hauler does not provide this service. However, you may be able to save money by reducing the amount of trash you generate once you begin recycling organics because this could decrease the size of your trash dumpster or the frequency of collection. Contact your waste hauler to learn more about reducing overall costs. In general, waste reduction can save businesses money. See our brochure, "Waste Reduction Tips for Businesses."