2016 is going to be a big year for keeping organics (food and yard waste) out of our landfills, especially for businesses. In 2014 the State of California passed AB 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste and not put it in the garbage. Businesses with that dispose of high levels of organics every week have to separate it starting April 1, 2016 as others phase in later in the year. California disposes approximately 30 million tons of waste in landfills each year, of which more than 30 percent could be used for compost or mulch.
Businesses can comply with these requirements in several ways, such as composting on site, using a landscaper that takes green material to a permitted composter, or subscribing to an organics collection program from your local waste hauler. For more information on organics recycling in your area contact your local waste hauler or City/County government.