AB 827: Commercial Organics and Recycling Bins

What is AB 827?

State Assembly Bill (AB) 827 requires businesses subject to AB 1826 and AB 341 starting July 1, 2020 to provide customers with easily accessible recycling and organics collection bins or containers to collect these materials generated from products purchased on the premises.

Impacted Businesses

All commercial food service establishments that provide food for purchase and immediate consumption on site must comply with AB 827.

“Full-service restaurants” are exempt as long as they provide organics and recycling bins in the back of house for their employees. Full-service restaurants are defined as those where all the following are true:

  • Customers are escorted or assigned to an assigned eating area.
  • Customers’ food and beverage orders are taken after being seated.
  • The food and beverage orders as well as any other requested items are delivered directly to the customers.
  • The check is delivered directly to the customer at the assigned eating area.

How to Comply

On or before July 1, 2020, commercial food establishments must provide customers with bins to collect organic/compost and recycling materials directly adjacent to all trash bins on the premises. All three bins must be easily accessible and visible, clearly marked with signage on what can or cannot be placed into each bin. All bins must be properly serviced, meaning organic materials must be composted or otherwise recovered, and recyclables must be recycled.

Recology San Mateo County can provide appropriate services for recycling and organics (composting) collection as well as signage and other educational resources at no additional cost. Please contact Recology to set up service and for questions.