Mandatory Commercial Recycling - AB 1826

Starting September 15, 2020, all generators of 2 cubic yards or more of garbage, recycling and compost combined per week will be required to recycle organic waste. Organic waste includes food scraps, soiled paper products, (e.g., pizza boxes, paper towels, paper cups), yard trimmings, and landscape materials. For more information visit the CalRecycle AB 1826 FAQ website:

Mandatory Commercial Recycling - AB 341

The new California Assembly Bill (AB) 341 requires all businesses that generate 4 or more cubic yards of garbage per week to recycle. The specific statutory language for AB 341 can be found in the state's Public Resources Code: PRC Division 30, Part 3, Chapter 12.8, Section 42649.

Businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • Government offices
  • Nonprofits
  • Office buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Schools
  • Strip malls

The purpose of the new law is to:

  • Reduce garbage from landfills
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Compliance Through the BizSMART Program

Compliance is easy through the BizSMART program available through Recology San Mateo County!

Recycling collection services in the blue recycling cart or bin are provided at no additional charge if you subscribe to garbage collection services, and with BizSMART, recycling has never been easier! Simply contact Recology to set up service or answer any questions.

Other Compliance

In addition to having recycling services services provided by Recology, customers can also self-haul the recyclables or arrange for their pickup.