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Mandatory Food and Recycling Containers (AB 827)

AB 827, Effective July 1, 2020, a new State of California recycling law now requires businesses to provide food and recycling containers next to trash containers.


Businesses that provide food to customers that self-bus, must provide separate, recycling, and food collection containers front-of-house. For businesses that bus tables for customers, they must provide separate trash, recycling, and food collection containers back-of-house.

Both front-of-house and back-of-house containers should be visibleeasily accessible, and clearly marked.

AB 827 Printable Flyer

Container Signs and Posters

Other Signage Examples

Public Service Announcements (PSA)

  • PSAs can be posted online, emailed to local businesses, sent to local press for coverage, played at presentations, or submitted to local television broadcasters by contacting the station’s community affairs/public affairs/public service director.
  • 1-Minute Public Service Announcement Video on Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling. YouTube (00:01:00) | PDF Transcript. This short PSA video highlights the new law, starting in 2016, that requires commercial business owners to recycle their organic waste. Customize this PSA by adding your contact information to the upper 1/3 of the screen @ 0:24-0:30 seconds (over video, above CalRecycle web information).
  • 30-Second Public Service Announcement Video on Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling. YouTube (00:00:30) | PDF Transcript. This PSA video highlights the new law requiring California commercial business to recycle organic material, like yard waste, food waste and food soiled paper.


The presentations below are designed to be customized to educate audiences about the law, and to train tenants of a property about its specific recycling and composting program.

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