Commercial Waste Changes

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Critical Changes to Commercial Trash and Recycling Collection: What You Need to Know

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New Waste Service Coming in 2022
Starting January 1, 2022, businesses and multi-family complexes will receive bundled waste service (garbage+recycle+organics) through the City’s new waste collection contract with Athens Services. The Commercial Collection bundled service will include a garbage bin, an equivalent-volume recycling bin, and one 32-gallon organic waste cart per 2 cubic yards of weekly trash (garbage plus recycling) service. Collection service can be adjusted from the default as needed. For more information, contact Athens Services at (805) 852-5264 or visit their Sustainability Center at 2251 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Assembly Bill 341 - Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR)
Requires all businesses that generate 4 cubic yards (one dumpster) or more of commercial solid waste per week and multi-family complexes of five units or more, to arrange for recycling service.

Assembly Bill 1826 - Mandatory Organics Recycling (MOR)
Requires all businesses that generate 2 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week (trash+ recycle+organics in aggregate) and multi-family complexes of five units or more, to recycle their organic waste. Organic waste is defined as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper that is mixed in with food waste.

Senate Bill 1383
Effective January 1, 2022, requires organics recycling collection services to be provided to all residential and commercial locations including multi-family complexes. In addition, edible food waste generators shall arrange to recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be disposed and donate to a food recovery organization.

Assembly Bill 827
Effective July 1, 2020, businesses subject to AB 341 and/or AB 1826 are required to provide customers access to a recycling bin and/or organics recycling bin to collect materials purchased on premises.

Single-Use Disposable Plastics (Polystyrene) Ordinance
Effective January 1, 2022, the ordinance prohibits the use of certain plastic products and affects food service, retail sales, and mail packaging services.  Visit the Single-Use Disposable Plastics (Polystyrene) Page to learn more. 

Community Workshops
To learn more about the new commercial waste collection service and regulatory requirements, the City hosted virtual workshops on May 13th and May 19th, 2021. Click the links below to view recordings of the workshops:

Recording of Workshop

Workshop Slides

Click here to email the City’s Sustainability Division or call (805) 449-7283 if you have questions.