City of San Diego Commericial Business Organic Waste Recycling

  • California  Senate Bill 1383 requires all commercial businesses to recycle organic waste effective Jan.1,2022.
  • Organic waste is food scraps, food-soiled paper, landscaping waste and non-hazardous wood.
  • When organic waste decomposes in a landfill, it releases methane, a gas that traps the sun’s heat and contributes to climate change.
  • Landscape service providers or private waste haulers may collect landscaping and non-hazardous wood waste.
  • Only franchise waste haulers or certified recyclers may collect food scraps and food-soiled paper.

Please see these resources regarding commercial sites and organics recycling:

  1. Commercial Business Organic Waste Recycling Overview (English/Spanish)
  2. City Recycling Ordinance Cheat Sheet for Commercial Businesses
  3.  Signage
    1. Organic Waste
    2. Recycling
    3. Landfill
  4. Franchise Hauler Directory

The City has a waiver process for commercial businesses who generate less than 2 cubic yard, or 10 gallons of organic waste; or that uses an alternative service  Please check here for more information about the De Minimus Waiver and Alternative Service Verification Application, or email for further questions.


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