For Businesses and Nonprofits

Starting January 2022, all California residents will be required to compost organic waste properly. The law aims to reduce harmful methane emissions from landfills that contribute to climate change and global warming.

Please visit Cal Recycle's website for more information on the new law.

How do I comply?

Subscribe to composting service with Marin Sanitary Service! Representatives are available at (415) 456-2601, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eligible food service businesses may want to participate in the Food to Energy Program instead. The program takes food waste from participating local restaurants and grocery stores and converts the material into a bio-gas through anaerobic digestion. For more information about the program, check out the Marin Sanitary Service website.

Can I be exempt?

Check the chart below to see if you qualify for an exemption. If you think you may qualify, please contact Marin Sanitary Service. You can also reach out to San Anselmo's Climate Action Coordinator - Sean Youra at syoura@townofsananselmo.org with additional questions.

Note: multifamily properties are not eligible for these waivers.

Amount of waste your business generates (garbage and recycling combined) is:
Threshold to qualify for a Minimal Generation Waiver:
Less than 2 cubic yards of total weekly refuse service
And generate no more than 10 gallons of compostable/organic waste or recyclables per week
2 or more cubic yards of total weekly refuse service
And generate no more than 20 gallons of compostable/organic waste or recyclables per week

How does this new state law affect my business or non-profit?

Every business and nonprofit agency in California must abide by the following rules based on the new state law. (If your business sells or produces food, you may have additional responsibilities; please see them below).

  • Subscribe to curbside compost and recycling collection service in addition to garbage
  • Place color-coded and labeled compost and recycling containers next to all indoor garbage containers (excluding restrooms)
  • Sort materials into the proper bins
  • Educate employees, contractors, about the law at least annually
  • Periodically inspect bins and provide feedback to employees and contractors about incorrectly placed items

My business sells food, what are the additional requirements?

Businesses that generate excess edible food, must contract with a food recovery organization to donate it. By the dates listed below, these entities must:

  • Recover the maximum amount possible of surplus edible food generated
  • Partner with one or more food recovery organizations or services to pick up or receive your surplus edible food
  • Have a written contract or agreement with the food recovery organization(s) or service(s)
  • Track and maintain records of food recovered each month including type, frequency of collection and amounts in pounds
Deadline for Compliance
Type of Entity
January 1st, 2022
• Wholesale food vendors
• Food service providers
• Food distributors
• Grocery and supermarkets over 10,000 sq ft or revenue of more than $2 million
January 1st, 2024
• Hotels with an on-site food facility and over 200+ rooms
• Restaurant facilities over 5,000 sq ft or 250+ seating capacity
• Health facilities with an on-site food facility and over 100 beds
• State agency cafeterias with over 5,000 sq ft or 250+ seats
• Local education facilities with an on-site food facility
• Large venues, and events
• Non-local entities

Food Recovery Organizations

The Town of San Anselmo has identified the following food recovery organizations businesses may contract with to be in compliance:

Organization
Contact Information
Donation Type
SF Food Bank
Website Large volume donations
Extra Food
Website Prepared foods, smaller volume
Ritter Center
Website Prepared foods, smaller volume
Salvation Army
Website Prepared foods, smaller volume
Open Door Ministries
Website Prepared foods, smaller volume

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