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Food/Organic Recycling

Learn how to reduce food and packaging waste:
Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit for restaurants and other commercial kitchens

Obtain additional resources by visiting: http://www.epa.gov/foodrecovery/tools/index.htm

Join the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge Program, visit Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) for details.

Per the California Public Resources Code, Chapter 12.9, Section 42649.8 - Recycling of Organic Waste:

42649.81 (a)(1) On and after April 1, 2016, a business that generates eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for recycling services specifically for organic waste in the manner specified in subdivision (b).

(2) On and after January 1, 2017, a business that generates four cubic yards or more of organic waste per week shall arrange for recycling services specifically for organic waste in the manner specified in subdivision (b).
(3) On and after January 1, 2019, a business that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste, as defined in Section 42649.1, per week, shall arrange for recycling services specifically for organic waste in the manner specified in subdivision (b).
(4) On or after January 1, 2020, if the department determines that statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced to 50 percent of the level of disposal during 2014, a business that generates two cubic yards or more per week of commercial solid waste shall arrange for the organic waste recycling services specified in paragraph (3), unless the department determines that this requirement will not result in significant additional reductions of organics disposal.
(b) A business subject to subdivision (a) shall take at least one of the following actions:
(1) Source separate organic waste from other waste and subscribe to a basic level of organic waste recycling service that includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
(2) Recycle its organic waste onsite or self-haul its own organic waste for recycling.
(3) Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
(4) Make other arrangements consistent with paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 42649.84.

Refer to our list of local organics recycling facilities: Organics Recycling Facilities in LA County