CalRecycle has developed a number of customizable materials to assist state agencies with education and outreach campaigns for California’s Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe) law, AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014). These include case studies, promotional tools, and a brochure. Several local jurisdictions have also provided examples of their promotional materials for other jurisdictions to use. We encourage agencies and satellite facilities to work with their local recycling coordinators and haulers for arranging programs at locations that may need them.
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To learn more about the organic waste thresholds and implementation timeline for state agencies, you can review the letter sent to all state agencies in August 2015. For more information on AB 1826, review selected FAQs that are included on the State Agency Waste Management Annual Report FAQ page. These and other FAQs about AB 1826 are also on the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling FAQ page. Agencies will begin submitting the Waste Management Annual Report to CalRecycle on their AB 1826 mandated organics diversion programs beginning with the 2016 report due in May 2017.
Determining Organics Generation
- Employee-Based Generator ID Tool. The purpose of this tool is to estimate how many employees it takes to generate 8 cubic yards or 4 cubic yards of organics/week for different business types. For additional information, see the background and instructions document for this tool. A generation-based service level Generator ID Tool has been developed by CalRecycle as well. To further assist state agencies, CalRecycle has developed a table with suggested agency and facility types by group.
- Example of Generator ID Methods While CalRecycle considers that using employee and waste characterization data to be more inclusive, CalRecycle also recognizes that a service level approach based upon disposal service level may be sufficient in some situations. Different type of service level approaches are listed in this document.
- State Agency Green Employee (SAGE) Group Presentation Using the 2014 Waste Characterization and Employee-Based Generator ID Tool
- Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling presentation for Sustainable Building Working Group (the Sustainable Building Working Group is a group of technical representatives implementing Executive Order B-18-12).
- Tenant Recycling and Compost Training
- US Composting Council, Keep America Beautiful, and Kimberly-Clark Professional Guide to Workplace Composting
- 2016 State Agency Waste Management SARC Report Updates with Organics Recycling Fields
- California State Teacher Retirement System (CalSTRS) Headquarters Initiating a Food Waste Program
- California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Food Waste Diversion Information
- California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Recycling and AB 1826
- California Science Center (CSC) Recycling and Organics Programs
- California State University Sacramento (CSUS) Recycling and Organics Programs
Flyers, Posters, and Signs/Stickers
The flyers, posters, and signs/stickers below indicate acceptable materials for each container.
- Do Not Merge: Separate Your Trash (Recycling vs Landfill) Flyer. Available in 11" x 17" or 8.5" x 11"
- No Merging Sign. This file includes two 11" x 17" signs--one for trash/recyclables, and the other for trash/recyclables/compost.
- Double-Sided "What to Put in Recycling, Composting, and Trash Bins" Flyers. Three double-sided, 8.5" x 11" flyers in one file. Front of each is pictorial and includes English, Spanish, and Chinese. Reverse includes bulleted lists in English only.
- Paper Towels Only Sign/Sticker. 9" x 20" container sign/sticker with message in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
- "What to Put in Recycling, Composting, and Trash Bins" Signs. Three single-sided, 8.5" x 11" container signs in one file. English, Spanish, and Chinese on each sign.
- "What to Put in Recycling, Composting, and Trash Bins" Stickers/Signs. Three single-sided, 9" x 20" container signs/stickers in one file. English, Spanish, and Chinese on each sign.
- CalEPA Food Power Logo. Logo used on CalEPA food waste containers throughout headquarters in Sacramento where collected food waste is sent to an anaerobic digester.
- News Release--Organic Waste Recycling Soon Required in Our Agency
- Template Memo to Employees/Tenants
- Template Memo for Building Tenants on New Recycling and Composting Program
- State Agency and Facility Data Sheet
Examples of State Agency Recycling Contracts
- Waste Hauling, Food Waste and Organics Recycling
Note: These examples are intended to provide general information and point out issues to consider regarding recycling services contracts. They are not intended as a substitute for legal advice, and should be used only in conjunction with the advice of an attorney. See other examples of State Agency Recycling Contracts.
If further assistance is need for implementing recycling programs please see:
- The State Agency Annual Report Archive to find your reported information and agency recycling coordinators.
- CalRecycle Contacts for State Agencies for more information for Agency Headquarters, or for agency facilities throughout the State.
- Local Government Contacts list to find your local jurisdiction recycling coordinator.
- Waste Management Manual and Tools for resources and tools state agencies can use to implement a successful waste management program.