Food Waste Recycling

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 requiring recycling of organic material from businesses beginning April 1, 2016.

Organic waste includes:
  • Food waste
  • Paper plates, napkins mixed with food waste
  • Landscape waste material, such as grass, leaves, and pruning waste
  • Untreated wood waste (treated wood waste is injected or coated with hazardous chemicals and is not suitable for composting)
Hotels and restaurants can reduce organic waste and trash disposal cost by donating edible food to food rescue and food banks to help reduce hunger. Instead of using up expensive shelf space for those items that just aren’t selling, but are perfectly edible, you can donate the food to make room for new items.

Hunger is not new, but what is new is our ability to work together to end it in Orange County. Waste Not OC is a coalition of food banks, health care representatives, restaurants, and community leaders working together to facilitate the donation and distribution of food surplus to the needy. Through Waste Not OC, food waste from your establishment is picked up and donated to those in need. All that is required is that the donated food is handled and stored in a safe, sanitary manner, and maintained in the same manner as food sold to your customers. Information on Waste Not OC can be found at

Donating edible food is a good way to demonstrate that you’re a money-wise and caring member of the community. In Orange County, food donation can also be achieved by contacting the Second Harvest Food Bank at Additional information on food recycling for restaurants is available at

Help reduce hunger, save money in waste disposal cost, and be eligible for tax write-offs for charitable giving by donating surplus food to those in need.