Commercial Organics Recycling

commercial organics bin

Every city and county in California is currently required to divert 50% of their waste from going to the landfill. In the past several years, California has passed organics recycling laws, to help reduce waste and gas emissions, and to help meet the new 75% diversion goal. Read below to get familiar with organics recycling and find out what new laws might apply to your business or multifamily property.

What is Organic Waste?

Organic waste means food scraps, food-soiled paper waste, yard trimmings, and nonhazardous wood waste. These items make up approximately 30% of California’s waste and release greenhouse gases when they decompose in landfills. Instead, these organic materials can be recycled and used to make compost or mulch when taken to a compost facility.

Food Scraps
Food-Soiled Paper
Yard Trimmings

SB 1383: Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP)
Organic Waste Methane Emissions Reduction

In September 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 1383, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy, including methane emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic waste in landfills that contribute to global climate change. 

SB 1383 establishes statewide targets to reduce the amount of organic waste disposed of in landfills (50% reduction by 2020 and 75% by 2025). It also sets a goal to rescue at least 20% of currently disposed edible food by 2025 and redirect that food to people in need.

Click here for more information on the City's SB 1383 Main Page.

Mandatory Services

Beginning January 1, 2022, organics recycling will be mandatory for all residents, businesses, and multifamily properties throughout Woodland. Under SB 1383, organic waste also includes fiber materials such as paper and cardboard, which means separate recycling services will also be required for all entities.

Food Recovery

According to studies, 1 in 5 Californians are food-insecure. The food recovery requirement of SB 1383 aims to reduce edible food sent to landfills and redirect it to those that need it most. Businesses that generate edible food will need to contract with edible food recovery organizations to donate edible food and keep records of donated food. 

Food generating businesses will be required to donate edible food by the schedule listed below depending on whether they fall under the Tier 1 or Tier 2 category:

  • January 1, 2022: Tier 1 Food Generators
    Includes wholesale food vendors, food service providers, food distributors, large grocery stores and supermarkets
  • January 1, 2024: Tier 2 Food Generators
    Includes large hotels, health facilities, restaurants, state agency cafeterias, and local education agencies

For more information on the food recovery requirements of SB 1383, visit the City's SB 1383 webpage or  CalRecycle's Food Recovery webpage

Resources for Commercial Organics Recycling

Make organics recycling successful at your business through these printable flyers:

City of Woodland and Waste Management staff is here to help make organics recycling successful at your business. Site visits, training, and other resources are available.

Contact Us

If your business meets these thresholds and would like more information, or would like to arrange for organics recycling services, please contact the following:

  • Waste Management: 530-662-8748
  • City of Woodland Recycling Program: 530-661-2063