Organics Recycling

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what is organic waste

Organic waste is any material that is biodegradable and comes from either a plant or an animal. Biodegradable waste is organic material that can be broken into carbon dioxide, methane or simple organic molecules.

California Law Regarding Organic Waste

The State of California, in an effort to preserve vital resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain a healthy and sustainable environment, has implemented AB 1826, requiring all businesses (including restaurants, hotels, and retail establishments) and multi-family properties (five or more dwellings), generating 2 or more cubic yards of waste, to recycle the following organic waste:

  • Food Waste
  • Green Waste
  • Non-hazardous, non-treated wood waste
  • Food-soiled paper and cardboard

The summary of Mandatory Recycling for Businesses flyer can be viewed here.

Newport Beach Municipal Code 

Newport Beach residents and businesses cherish the quality of our environment. In an effort to preserve our City's environment, the City Council has updated the Municipal Code to align with California laws requiring businesses to divert food waste, yard waste and other recyclables from landfills. Lack of compliance with organic recycling laws may trigger escalating fines from $100 for the first offense to $500 for any subsequent offense. 

Preventing Food Waste


Businesses and multi-family complexes can meet the mandatory organics recycling requirements by taking one or more of the following actions:

  1. Source-separate organic waste from all other waste. Contact your waste hauler to arrange for organic waste recycling services. For information on how to contact your hauler, click here.
  2. Sign up for an organic waste recycling service that includes mixed-waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.
  3. Sell or donate the generated organic waste to an accredited facility, e.g. county permitted food pantries that will redistribute food to those in need, such as Waste Not OC Coalition.
  4. Recycle organic waste onsite or self-haul organic waste for recycling. Note, the City may require you to provide proof that you are self-hauling or a permit to self-haul.

All waste collectors serving Newport Beach are familiar with the City and State recycling requirements and are ready to help you gain compliance. If you need additional assistance with implementing organics recycling at your business or are interested in employee training for compliance, please contact the Public Works Department, Municipal Operations Division at 949-644-3055. 

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Did you know

Compost and other products from recycled organic wastes are valuable to farmers, schools, community gardeners and many others in the agriculture and landscape industry. These products return nutrients to the soil, conserve water, reduces runoff and helps plants grow. By recycling food and landscape waste, businesses and residents are contributing to a greener, healthier California. 


Additional Resources

For additional information, please visit the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) websites below:

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