As of January 1, 2019, California state law (Assembly Bill 1826) requires businesses that produce four cubic yards or more of solid waste to recycle their organic waste. In order to be in compliance with this law, covered generators must take one off the following actions:
Recycle organic waste on-site, or self-haul organic waste for recycling; or
Sell or donate the organic waste.
If your business produces less than ½ cubic yard of organic waste per week you may be eligible for an exemption from the requirements of AB 1826. If you believe you may qualify for a Small Quantity Generator exemption, please submit a Waste Assessment Form to the City of Vacaville – Solid Waste and Recycling Office.
1How do I know if my business is a covered generator?
Solid waste volume is determined by current waste service levels. Businesses that subscribe to any combination of services that total four cubic yards or more (including all trash, recycling, and organics services) are considered a covered generator.
2My business doesn’t produce any organic waste, how do I apply for an exemption?
In accordance with CalRecycle regulations, businesses that produce less than ½ cubic yard of organic waste per week may be exempt from the requirements of AB 1826. To apply for an exemption, please complete a Waste Assessment Form and submit it to the City of Vacaville – Solid Waste and Recycling Office. The form may be completed online or you may print and mail a form to:
City of Vacaville
1001 Allison Drive
Vacaville, CA 95687
Attention: Solid Waste and Recycling Office
3I submitted a Waste Assessment Form, now what?
Upon receiving your Waste Assessment Form, staff will review the form and perform a site visit to verify your waste stream materials. Following the site visit, you will receive written notification of your exemption status. Due to the number of affected businesses, please allow up to 60 days to receive notification.
4How long is an exemption valid?
While there is not a set term for a Small Quantity Generator Exemption, it is important to note that this exemption, and the criteria for eligibility, are based upon current regulations and may be superseded without notice by future changes in law. Changes to your business’ waste stream may also impact your exemption status, therefore if you anticipate a change in your waste stream, please contact the City of Vacaville Solid Waste and Recycling Office to discuss alternative recycling opportunities.