How to fulfill AB 1826 requirements
What Can Businesses Do?
The City is working with its hauler, Waste Management, to establish an organic waste recycling service for Del Mar. Meanwhile, the City is asking business owners and managers to take one or more of these steps to comply with AB 1826:
- Schedule a Less to Landfill waste assessment to identify how you can reduce waste
- Arrange for green waste recycling services with Waste Management (1-866-WMRECYCLE)
- Donate surplus food to local food banks and pantries
- Explore on-site composting options with support from Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
- Self-haul landscape trimmings off-site to a compost/mulch facility
- Separate organic waste for collection and disposal by an organic waste recycling service, with guidance from Solana Center
Additional information can be found on the CalRecycle website and Del Mar’s Zero Waste website. Solana Center is also available to help identify the best solution for your business. Contact them at (760) 436-7986 x700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses can make efforts to fulfill AB 1826 requirements by following the Environmental Protection Agency hierarchy. The higher on the pyramid the greater the benefit for the environment, society, and the economy.
First conduct a waste audit: examining your waste stream for amount, type, and reason for the generation of wasted food will help you create effective wasted food prevention strategies. Schedule a Less to Landfill waste assessment for assistance.
Source reduction means reducing the production of waste in the first place.
Implement Reduction Habits:
- Adjust purchasing inventory to match customer ordering
- Make commonly uneaten items options or only by request
- Examine storage and preparation practices
- Reduce portion size on dishes that are consistently unfinished
Feed Hungry People
Businesses can direct surplus edible food to not-for-profit organizations and food banks that distribute food to people in need. Under the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act food donors who give food in good faith by following proper food safety guidelines are not subject to liability. Food donations may qualify your business for tax benefits (discuss with your tax professional).
Follow Food Donation Guidelines
- Ensure food is kept at safe temperatures
- Examine food for signs of decay, spoilage, mold or odors
- Keep packaged items in original packaging
- Protect from contamination (foods previously served to consumer cannot be donated)
Find a local Food Bank
- Community Resource Center
- San Diego Food Bank
- North County Food Bank
- Feeding San Diego
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
- See the full list of Food Pantries near Del Mar
For more information on donating food and other guidelines to reduce food waste, please visit CalRecycle: Food Rescue and Food Banks.
If your food waste is mostly plant-based or can be separated from non-plant based waste, you may be able to send your properly handled food waste to farmers for animal feed.
For information about local options:
- Look for haulers in your area that offer this option or contact Solana Center for assistance
- Contact local solid waste, county agricultural extension office or public health agency
Learn more about reducing food waste by feeding animals on the EPA's website.
Facilities for the San Diego region are in development and currently not available. Industrial uses refers to the use of organic waste to generate biofuel energy. For more information on industrial use, please visit the EPA website. The City is working with its hauler and others in the San Diego jurisdiction to help increase the local processing capacity of this option.
If your organic waste cannot be used to feed humans or animals, composting is the best way to recycle that material, and is used to improve soils, grow crops, and conserve water. Currently, the City only provides hauling options for green waste (yard waste), not food waste.
Arrange for green waste recycling services here: Waste Management (1-866-WMRECYCLE)
The City is working with its hauler and others in the San Diego jurisdiction to implement food waste hauling services for local businesses. Until those services are available, other options for recycling your food waste include:
- Compost it on-site - learn more about mid-scale composting from Solana Center
- Find a self haul service - learn more about Solana Center’s Food Cycle Program
- Contact a 3rd party waste hauler
Incineration or landfill
Both incineration and sending organic waste to the landfill are considered to be a failure to divert for beneficial use and are out of compliance with AB 1826.