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Senate Bill 827 (AB 827)- Commercial Organics & Recycling Bins


 Provide recycling, organics, and trash sorting opportunities for customers. Effective July 1, 2020. These bins are to collect waste generated by customers from products they purchase and consume on the premises.


  • Bins must be visible and easily accessible.
  • Bins must be labeled and colored Green (Organics), Blue (Recycling), and Gray/Black (Trash) for easy identification.
  • Bins must be collocated in a 3-stream formation:


3-stream bins

Who is exempt?

Full-service restaurants with all reusable dishware, as long as they provide organics and recycling bins in the back of the house for their employees. Food and beverage establishments are considered a full-service restaurant if:



Customers are escorted or assigned to an assigned eating area.





Waiter taking order


Customers’ food and beverage orders are taken after being seated.




Food & beverage brought directly to customer's table.text

People at restaurant.


The check is delivered directly to the customer at the assigned eating area.

Assembly Bill 1276 (AB 1276)- Single-Use Foodware Accessories & Standard Condi

For retail food facilities and food delivery platforms to provide single-use foodware accessories and condiments upon request only. Effective
January 1, 2022.


  • Only provide single-use accessories to customers upon request.
  • Self-service accessory stations are compliant with the law.
  • Condiment packets (ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, etc.) should only be included in an order on request of the customer.
  • No bundling of single-use accessories or condiments (no utensil packets).
  • Accessories are napkins, straws, utensils, stirrers, spill stoppers, chopsticks, lids, and any other similar accessory or accompanying disposable food ware item used as part of food or beverage service. Below are examples of accessories.Accesories provided at food establishments.

Who Does This impact?

  • Restaurants                                                        
  • Take-out food delivery services
  • Coffee shops
  • Caterers
  • Cafeterias
  • Grocery stores
  • Delis
  • Event venue concessions
  • Mobile food vendors
  • Certified farmers markets

Who Is Exempt?

  • Correctional institutions
  • Licensed health care facilities
  • Residential care facilities
  • Public and private school cafeterias

*The City staff is here to help businesses and will always begin with education as assistance via in-person visits and follow-up communication.


To facilitate compliance with state and local regulations, the City has taken steps to educate and support local commercial food generators. Here are resources to help guide your business with SB 1383, AB 1276, and AB 827:

          SB 1383 flyer.AB 817 FlyerAB 827 flyer.

  • Interested in informing your customers about AB 1276 or encouraging them to bring their reusable containers, cups, and utensils when ordering to-go? Get in touch with us, and we can provide you with a table tent (see below).

Table tents informing customers about AB 1276 & AB 619.

Environmental Services staff are available to answer any questions and provide educational support if needed. 

Remember, the simplest way to comply with AB 1276 and AB 827 is by becoming a Trash-Free certified business. Reach out to us at [email protected]  for assistance.