Effective January 1, 2022, Azusa implemented a source-separated multi-container solid waste and recycling system. This new system will maximize the recovery of recyclable materials, such as cans, bottles, cardboard, and paper, and ensure that organic material is recycled in the form of compost, mulch, or biogas and does not decompose in landfills, which releases methane gas into the environment. These changes will make trash collection cleaner and more efficient, using fully automated collection services, and support environmental sustainability in Azusa.
Businesses must sort their waste properly and train their staff annually on proper sorting. Organics recycling training is extremely important to ensure the proper participation and compliance of your business. The misuse or contamination of your organics cart may result in citations and/or fines.
If the business sells/provides organic waste or recyclables, they must provide the appropriate bins in the front of the house for customer sorting.
Commercial businesses may qualify for a waiver for this requirement if the organic waste generated falls below certain thresholds. Contact Athens Services at 888-336-6100 to arrange for free organics recycling assessment for your business.
In order to help customers comply with SB 1383, Athens will be phasing the cost of organics to commercial rate payers. Customers will receive a discount on their bill through June 2025, as outlined below.
• July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023:
75% Organics Rate Discount
• July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024:
50% Organics Rate Discount
• July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025:
25% Organics Rate Discount
• July 1, 2025 and beyond:
0% Organics Rate Discount
EDIBLE FOOD RECOVERY PROGRAM
To reduce food waste and address food insecurity, surplus food still safe to eat will instead go to food banks, soup kitchens, and other food recovery organizations. Food recovery means collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to feed people who do not have enough to eat. Edible food means food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, size, and surplus; prepared foods; packaged foods; and produce. The law requires the following businesses establish a food recovery program:
Tier 1, January 1, 2022: supermarkets, grocery stores over 10,000 sq. ft., food service provider, food distributor, and wholesale food vendor
Tier 2, January 1, 2024: restaurants ≥ 250 seats or 5,000 sq. ft.; hotels with onsite food facility ≥ & 200 rooms; health facility with onsite food facility ≥ 100 beds; large events and venues; state agency with cafeteria ≥ 250 seats or 5,000 sq. ft.; and schools with onsite food facility.
The City of Azusa participates in the San Gabriel Valley Regional Food Recovery Program to comply with SB 1383's food recovery mandates and significantly reduce food waste in the San Gabriel Valley. Known as one of the largest regional food recovery programs in California, this Program includes assessing commercial edible food waste generators, identifying and fostering partnerships with local food recovery organizations, implementing outreach and education endeavors, and developing and implementing inspection protocols.
Click here for more information on the Program
OTHER BUSINESS RECYCLING MANDATES
As of July 1, 2012, the State's AB 341 established mandatory commercial recycling and a Statewide goal to source reduce, recycle or compost no less than 75% of the solid waste generated by 2020 and annually thereafter. All businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and multi-family properties with 5 units or more must arrange for recycling services.
Businesses, public entities, including multi-family complexes with 5 units or more that general four or more cubic yards of solid waste must arrange for organics recycling services effective on or before January 1, 2016. For the purposes of AB 1826, means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. Multi-family dwellings are not required to arrange for collection of food scraps and food-soiled paper at this time.
As of July 1, 2020, AB 827 commercial food establishments must provide organic waste and recycling bins to customers alongside trash to collect products purchased and consumed by customers on the premises. All three bins must be accessible, visible, and clearly marked with signage on what can or cannot be disposed of. The bins must be properly serviced.
This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption. *Full-service restaurants do not have to provide properly labeled containers for customers but must provide properly labeled containers next to trash containers for employees to separate post-consumer recyclables and organics.
*A "full-service" restaurant is defined as the employee escorts/assigns the customer to an assigned eating area, takes the food and beverage orders at the assigned seating area, delivers the food and beverage to the customer, and collects all trash from the customer.