Business and MultiFamily Recycling

AB 1826: Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

In October 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826 into law requiring local jurisdictions to implement an organic recycling program on and after January 1, 2016 to divert organic waste generated by businesses and multifamily complexes with 5 units or more. Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning, nonhazardous wood waste and food-soiled paper waste mixed in with food waste.

To learn more about the new law, visit:

To help your business comply with the new law, contact Athens Services at 888-336-6100 or visit:

Organics Recycling Brochure
Commercial Organics Recycling Rates

AB 341:  Mandatory Commercial Recycling

In October 2011, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 341 into law, setting a 75% recycling goal for California by Year 2020. The purpose of this new law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills and to expand opportunities for recycling in California.

AB 341 requires all California commercial or public entities that generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week, and multifamily dwellings of 5 or more units, to implement recycling programs by July 1, 2012.

Businesses and multifamily complexes may utilize 1 or any combination of the following options to comply with the new law:
Separate and haul your recyclables to a recycling center

Separate recyclables and have them picked up by a recycling contractor. In Azusa, you cannot pay to have recyclables collected - the contractor must collect them for free or pay you for your recyclables.

Continue to discard them with your regular trash and Athens Services will separate the recyclables from trash at their material recovery facility (MRF).

Athens Services' Recycling

To learn more about Athens Services’ recycling activities, visit:
Athens Services Recycling

Mandatory Recycling Law

To learn more about California’s mandatory recycling law, visit:

Recycling Resources

To find recyclers of a specific material you want to recycle nearest your business, use the "Recycler Locator." This link also provides valuable website links and resources to help you reduce your trash. Dept. Of Public Works Smart Business Recycling