Commercial Organics Recycling

Commercial Organics Recycling

Beginning January , 2022, all businesses and multi-family dwellings must implement an organics recycling program. Business owners should contact their local waste hauler for additional information on how to obtain organics service to maintain compliance. 

What is organic waste?

Organic material comes from anything living – plants and animals. Organic waste includes grass clippings, leaves, twigs, shrubbery, weeds, and garden trimmings. In general, foods that may now go into the organic waste bin include meat, fish, dairy, fruit, vegetables, breads, pastas, grains and plate scrapings. Your waste hauler will provide very specific instructions. If in doubt, consult your local hauler as instructions may differ from hauler to hauler and by city.

    OC Unincorporated Waste Haulers

    The County of Orange provides waste and recycling hauler services to the below unincorporated areas. For details regarding your services, please contact the service provider below. All other Cities and Special Districts have separate services. Click HERE for a list of haulers.

    Waste Hauler Unincorporated Services Area(s) Guides
    CR&R Rossmoor, Orange Islands, El Modena, Rancho Mission Viejo, Sendero, Ortega Highway


    Republic Services Yorba Linda Islands, Placentia Islands, Buena Park Islands, Fountain Valley Islands, John Wayne Airport


    Waste Management Orange Park Acres, Modjeska Canyon, Silverado Canyon, Lemon Heights, North Tustin, Cowan Heights, Emerald Bay


    City residents and unincorporated residents can find phone numbers for their local waste hauler here

    Frequently Asked Questions

    SB 1383 requires all businesses and multifamily dwellings to subscribe to organics recycling service.

    Organic waste includes green waste, grass clippings, leaves, meat, fish, dairy, fruits, vegetables and bread.

    Business owners and property managers are encouraged to contact their waste hauler to ensure compliance. Please contact your hauler for more information.

    Most businesses and multifamily dwellings have already received an organics recycling containers. If you have yet to receive one, please contact your hauler.

    Businesses such as grocery stores, food service providers, restaurants with 250+ seats or 5,000 sq. ft. should have a written agreement in place with an edible food recovery organization. Please contact 714-830-4000 if you have any questions.

    SB 1383 requires jurisdictions to conduct annual reviews of both residential and commercial bins/carts to determine contamination levels throughout each waste stream.