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Legislative Update – Assembly Bill 827


Assembly Bill 827 updates mandatory commercial recycling (AB 341) and mandatory organics recycling (AB 1826) requirements regarding student and staff access to recycling bins and organics recycling bins.

Effective July 1, 2020, Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Mandatory Organics Recycling covered schools and school districts (SD) must provide organics and recycling containers for students and staff to collect waste generated from products purchased and consumed on the premises. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked.

The organics and recycling container requirements apply to those SDs providing food for immediate consumption on site. For those SDs providing food for off site consumption due to COVID-19, these container requirements do not apply.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will monitor local jurisdictions’ compliance with the provisions of AB 827.

A management bulletin will not be forthcoming.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the CalRecycle Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Mandatory Commercial Recycling External link opens in new window or tab. and the CALRecycle FAQs for Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling External link opens in new window or tab.. The newly added FAQs specific to AB 827 include the same questions and responses on both pages, and can be found under the following headings:

  • Mandatory Commercial Recycling–General: See question #9; Schools: See question #11
  • Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling–General: See question #34

CalRecycle has an informational flyer and customizable signage for SDs that was developed for AB 341 and AB 1826 on the CalRecycle Education/Outreach Tool kit web page External link opens in new window or tab..

English and Spanish versions of the Recycling and Organics Recycling Guide for Schools Poster is available for download on the CalRecycle Publication Summary web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact CalRecycle by phone at 916-341-6199 or by e-mail at LAMD@CalRecycle.ca.gov.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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