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 Commercial Organic Waste 

Organic waste includes the following material: green waste (landscape and pruning waste), food waste (including fats, oils, grease, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste), and nonhazardous wood waste.  

Green Waste refers to waste resulting from maintenance or removal of vegetation, including but not limited to: grass, brush, branches, leaves, flowers, shrubs and small trees. 

Wood Waste refers to nonhazardous wood waste such as untreated and non-laminated lumber.

Food Waste - include food products which are off-specification, outdated, or recalled commercial products, including food, beverages, and food products in original individual consumer packaging. These items may include canned foods, beer, wine, soft drinks, fruit juices, milk, yogurt, ice cream, etc.

Cooking Oil - Proper disposal of used cooking oil is an important waste-management concern. Oil is lighter than water and tends to spread into thin and broad membranes which hinder the oxygenation of water. Because of this, a single liter of oil can contaminate as much as 1 million liters of water. Also, oil can congeal on pipes developing blockages. It is not a hazardous waste, but it can cause damage to our environment. Because of this, cooking oil should never be dumped down the kitchen sink drain or into the toilet bowl.

Grease & Grease Trap Waste - Grease and Grease Trap Waste is residual grease waste generated from the separation of food grease from grey water in restaurant grease traps. Grease and Grease trap waste does not include petroleum waste from oil water separators. Waste containing petroleum oils and greases above regulatory levels must be managed as a hazardous waste.

**NEW CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS FOR COMMERCIAL ORGANICS**

Organic wastes are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestions, which can produce renewable energy.  In an effort to achieve California's recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals, the State has enacted Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling regulations.  Beginning April 1, 2016, businesses will be required to recycle their organic waste in a phased in approach.  AB 1826 Legislation requires commercial businesses to arrange for recycling services for organic waste on the following schedule:

  • April 1, 2016 for generators of eight cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2017 for generators of four cubic yards of organic waste per week
  • January 1, 2019 for generators of four cubic yards of solid waste per week 

For detailed information on the requirements, visit http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics/

 

Residential Organic Waste 

Organic waste includes the following material: green waste (landscape and pruning waste), food waste (including fats, oils, grease, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste), and nonhazardous wood waste. 

Green waste refers to waste resulting from maintenance or removal of vegetation, including but not limited to: grass, brush, branches, leaves, flowers, shrubs and small trees. 

Wood waste refers to nonhazardous wood waste such as untreated and non-laminated lumber.

Food waste for residents includes fruits and vegetables.

Cooking Oil - Proper disposal of used cooking oil is an important waste-management concern. Oil is lighter than water and tends to spread into thin and broad membranes which hinder the oxygenation of water. Because of this, a single liter of oil can contaminate as much as 1 million liters of water. Also, oil can congeal on pipes developing blockages. It is not a hazardous waste, but it can cause damage to our environment. Because of this, cooking oil should never be dumped down the kitchen sink drain or into the toilet bowl.

 

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