AB 1826, by Assembly Member Wes Chesbro, will require businesses to separate their food scraps and yard trimmings for composting or anaerobic digestion.
AB 1594, by Assembly Member Das Williams, will eliminate a loophole in state law that allows yard trimmings, prunings, and other greenwaste that is used as landfill cover to count as being “diverted” from landfills.
Although California does have a robust recycling infrastructure for traditional recyclables, the state continues to landfill organic materials at a surprising rate. Food is the most prevalent item in the waste stream and more than 40% of all material going to landfills is readily compostable or anaerobically digestible. Thanks to these anti-waste bills and Governor Jerry Brown, these recyclables will now be required to be diverted from landfills. Way to go, California!