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AB 827 Commercial Organics and Recycling Bins

What is AB 827?
AB 827 requires commercial food establishments subject to AB 1826 and AB 341 to provide customers with easily accessible & labeled recycling and organics collection containers to collect materials generated from products that is purchased and consumed onsite.  
Food establishments that are "Full-service restaurants" are exempt if recycling and organics containers are placed in the back of the house for their employees.  Full-service restaurants are defined as those where all the following are true:
• Customers are escorted to an assigned eating area.
• Food and beverage orders are taken after customers are seated.
• Food and beverage orders are delivered to the customers.
• Staff is responsible for collecting the trash, recyclables and organic material from customer tables.
• The check is delivered to to the customer as the assigned eating area.
What is organic waste?
Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non-hazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste
What is recyclable waste?

Clean, dry paper – junk mail, newspapers, magazines, phone books, catalogs

Cardboard boxes and chipboard

Plastic and glass bottles and jars

Metal and aluminum cans

Metal containers and empty aerosol cans

Plastic bags and dry cleaner bags


Opportunities to Save Resources and Help the Environment

Recycling conserves resources and reduces greenhouse gas
emissions. It extends the life of our landfills and helps create a
healthy environment for our community and future generations.

Be Sure to Educate your Employees

Employees are key to a successful business recycling program.
Please make sure your employees know which materials can be
recycled and where to place the recyclable materials for
temporary storage and ultimate collection.





Where to Go for More Information

• Stanislaus County, Department of Environmental Resources at
(209) 525-6700 for more information.

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