Mandatory State Organics Recycling Requirements
ARE YOU COMPLIANT?
Businesses that have 2 cubic yards or more of solid waste service (solid waste = GARBAGE & RECYCLING) per week are required to have an Organics (FOOD SCRAPS and/or YARD TRIMMINGS) collection program in place.
We Are Here to Help!
CONTACT US TODAY! OUR REPRESENTATIVES CAN:
- Visit your business to conduct waste assessments.*
- Make service suggestions.
- Help train employees and/or tenants.*
- Provide posters, service guides and internal collection containers.
*Social distancing protocols must be practiced.
Proper Sorting Makes a Difference!
USE YOUR CONTAINERS TO PROPERLY SORT YOUR ORGANIC WASTE FOR:
- Compliance with California Regulations.
AB341, AB1826, and SB 1383.
- A reduction in the amount of material going to the landfill which in turn will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Of the 39 million tons of waste disposed of in California landfills in 2018, one third was compostable organic materials. Anaerobic decomposition of organic materials in landfills produces methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas that contributes to pollution and global warming. Composting organic material and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Prevent Food Waste
Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food waste each year. This equals 18% of all the material that goes to landfills.
FIND GENERAL FOOD WASTE PREVENTION TIPS AT:
FOOD WASTE PREVENTION TIPS FOR FOOD GENERATING COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS
- Use perishable produce quickly.
- Shop from your fridge and pantry before buying more food.
- Store all food properly. (Typically, below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for refrigerators and 0 degrees Fahrenheit for freezers, consult your local health code requirements.)
- Track inventory to prevent over-ordering and spoilage.
- Keep your storage equipment in good working order.
- Prepare for power loss by having a back-up power plan.
GIVE EDIBLE LEFTOVERS TO EMPLOYEES OR DONATE EDIBLE FOOD TO A CHARITY OR FOOD BANK.
- Milpitas Food Pantry – 408-946-5564
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley – 408-266-8866
- Click here for a list of organizations in Santa Clara County that accept food donations.
SB 1383 will require commercial food generators to donate edible food for human use. Click here for more SB 1383 information.
Did You Know?
YOU WON’T BE SUED FOR DONATING LEFTOVER FOOD.
The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act passed in 1996 protects restaurants from civil and criminal liability should a recipient get ill or hurt as a result of consumed donated food. Donors are only culpable in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. SOURCE: www.EPA.gov
Does a Landscaping Company Off-Haul Your Yard Trimmings?
PLEASE LET US KNOW!
- The State requires businesses to provide written documentation from the landscaper that the material is being hauled to a facility that composts it for AB1826 compliance. (FYI – The Milpitas Sanitation Yard Trimmings collection program takes the material to a qualifying facility)
- A required form is available on our website.
- Click here for more information about the requirement. (Section B-Business; question 49)