California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Local Enforcement Agency Compostable Organic Materials Regulatory Initiative

2000 Compostable Materials Regulatory Initiatives

CalRecycle's 1993 composting regulations, did not fully address the issues associated with the various components of the organic materials processing industry. For instance, they did not require a permit for chipping and grinding operations, yet some chipping and grinding operations posed the same health and environmental risks as composting facilities.

Therefore, in 2000 CalRecycle embarked on a rulemaking process to address various issues, including placement of these facilities and operations into the regulatory tiers structure. The Office of Administrative Law approved the regulations on April 4, 2003 and they became immediately effective. For detailed information about the rulemaking process, including public input, draft and final documents, and Board meetings, Compostable Materials, please see the rulemaking archive file for this project.

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Last updated: December 31, 2014
Compostable Materials,
Martin Perez: (916) 323-0834