Understanding Organics Recycling

Organic waste is split into two (2) categories: Food Scraps and Green Waste.
  • Food scraps includes all peels, nuts, seeds, meat, and shells. It does not matter if the food is rotting or if it is the part of the food we do not eat, that food will still go in the food scraps bin.
  • Plastic wrappers that food comes in should not be put in your food waste container.
  • Green waste includes all plant debris and landscaping waste.
  • Do not put plastic/paper bags, water hoses, metal, hazardous waste, glass, or other material that does not grow from the earth in your green waste container.
For more information on our organics program please contact CR&R at (800) 755-8112.  Additional information regarding details on the legislation can be found on CalRecycle's website.
Get Compliance Help
Once your business decides to implement a recycling program, CR&R's Sustainability Specialist can assist in the training of your employees. They can provide educational materials explaining the program in depth. One of the keys to a successful program is education, from ownership to management to staff.
Customer Access to Recycling – AB 827
Assembly Bill 827 (AB 827) amended existing California statute, namely the Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR) and Mandatory Commercial Recycling Organics (MORe) laws. Effective July 1, 2020, MORe-covered businesses must provide organics recycling containers to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. If a business does not sell any of the organic materials for immediate consumption on the premises, then the business does not have to provide an organics container in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers. Click the link for more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827)