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. California's new, ambitious goal is to recycle 75% of all waste by 2020. Diverting organic waste from the landfill will help Woodland and California reach our new goal. 

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.

Required Organics Recycling

In October 2014, the governor signed AB 1826, which requires certain businesses and multifamily properties to arrange for organic recycling services for the collection of green waste, green waste, and food-soiled paper. Food waste and food-soiled paper collection is not required for multifamily properties. 

Businesses and multifamily properties subject to this bill are as follows:

Businesses & Multifamily Properties subject to AB 1826:

Date Amount of Waste Generated Weekly Type of Waste
April 2016 8 cubic yards or more Organic waste only
January 2017 4 cubic yards or more Organic waste only
January 2019 4 cubic yards or more All solid waste
Summer / Fall 2020* 2 cubic yards or more All solid waste

*At the discretion of CalRecycle if organic waste disposal in 2020 has not been reduced by 50% of 2014 disposal levels

Recent Notices

Letters and flyers regarding the latest requirements for businesses that meet the January 2019 threshold were sent to affected businesses. Click below for a copy of the letter and handouts:

Letters and flyers to multifamily coming soon.

Resources for Business Organics Recycling

Find out how to 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.


If your business meets these thresholds and would like more information, please contact City of Woodland’s recycling coordinator at 530-661-2059. If you would like to arrange for organics recycling services, contact Waste Management customer service at 530-662-8748.