California requires businesses to recycle – not only general recycling (cans, bottles, paper) but also organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource) such as food scraps, landscaping waste and nonhazardous wood waste.  

Mandatory Organics Recycling – SB 1383:

SB 1383 expands upon AB 1826 and now requires all businesses and residences to divert organic waste from landfills. Certain commercial edible food generators must also make efforts to donate as much edible food as possible to edible food recovery organizations (see Edible Food Recovery below for more details). More information on SB 1383 can also be found on the CalRecycle webpage at California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy or Republic Services webpage.

  • How businesses can comply: subscribe to a food waste recycling service through Republic Services by emailing or calling (714) 238-2444. There are many container sizes available to fit the needs of your business. The City, and/or Republic Services, can assist with evaluating your waste and recycling needs and help you ‘right size’ your containers. 
  • Edible Food Recovery:  Aside from organic waste recycling, SB 1383 also requires mandated businesses to recover the maximum amount of edible food to be donated to edible food recovery organizations (EFRO’s). Businesses that generate donatable edible food are called ‘edible food generators’ and are broken into two tiers depending on the type of business. Detailed information can be found at the CalRecycle website.

Requirements for Commercial Edible Food Generators can be found by visiting CalRecycle's Food Donor webpage.         sb-1383-edible-food-generators-01

The following is a list of Edible Food Recovery Organization's that are located within Brea as well as a few regional organizations:

Food Recovery Organization


Collection Service Area

Contact Information

Foods Accepted

Christ Lutheran Church

820 W. Imperial Hwy



JoAnne Sloan, (714) 993-4129
 Laura Harton, (714) 529-2984 

Only accepts food from Second Harvest Food Bank.

Jill's Pantry

Small food pantries at local elementary schools


Libby Blood, (714) 471-6446

Packaged non-perishables.

Brea Senior Center

500 Sievers Ave



Rebecca Matta, (714) 990-7753

Fruits/veggies, meat, eggs/dairy/dairy alternatives, cooked baked/prepared perishables, packaged non-perishables.

Active Christians Today (St. Angela Merici Church)

585 S. Walnut Ave.



Yarmniz Garcia, (714) 529-1821

Please contact St. Angela Merici Church for details of foods accepted.

Second Harvest Food Bank

8014 Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Serving All of Orange County

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(949) 653-2900

Nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, dairy, meat and grains, shelf-stable items like beans, canned meat and fish.

Abound Food Care

200 N Tustin Ave

Santa Aa, CA 92705

Serving All of Orange County

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(855) 700-9662

Perishable and non-perishable foods including produce and prepared meals.

OC Food Bank

11870 Monarch St Garden Grove, CA 92841

Serving All of Orange County

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Kristin Kvesic 

(714) 897-6670 x3604

Food in original packaging, unopened and within their food code date/extension guidelines.

Share Our Selves (SOS)

1550 Superior Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Serving All of Orange County

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(949) 270-2100

Fresh produce, meats, dairy products, breads and assorted canned goods.

Chefs to End Hunger

Serving All of Orange County

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Please contact Chefs to End Hunger for details of foods accepted.

Food Finders

10539 Humboldt St

Los Alamitos, CA


Serving All of Orange County

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(562) 283-1400 x105

Dairy and bakery items, produce, deli, meats, and prepared items, along with canned and packaged goods.

Brackens Kitchen

13941 Nautilus Drive
Garden Grove, CA

Serving All of Orange County

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Meats, prepared food, baked goods, refrigerated goods, non-perishable food, produce.

Certain commercial businesses may qualify for a waiver from participation in the franchise hauler's recycling programs. If you wish to apply for a waiver, please fill out the SB 1383 Waiver Request Form. This form must be completed in its entirety and submitted to the City of Brea for review.

To submit an alleged violation of the State of California Senate Bill (SB) 1383 in the City of Brea, please complete and submit the SB 1383 Violation Complaint Form.

Commercial Recycling (MCR) - AB 341:

In an effort to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, Assembly Bill 341 requires the mandatory implementation of a recycling plan by businesses, public entities and multi-family housing complexes in California.  

  • Who must arrange for Recycling Services: all businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (solid waste includes trash, recycling and organic waste).
  • Ways to comply (using one or any combination of the following)*:
    • Subscribe to recycling service through Republic Services (call 714-238-2444 or email
    • Businesses may donate, sell and/or make other arrangements for pick-up of the recyclable material. This includes self-hauling the materials to recycling facilities.

*A property owner of a commercial business or multi-family residential dwelling may require tenants to source separate their recyclable material to aid in compliance. 

To learn more about waste and recycling and the current legislation visit the State’s website.

Commercial Organics Recycling (MORe) - AB 1826:

State law AB 1826 requires "Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling", meaning that California businesses must now recycle their landscape cuttings and food waste depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Organic wastes are recyclable through composting, mulching, and anaerobic digestion which can produce renewable energy and fuel. In addition to recycling food scraps, donating surplus edible food to local food banks can be part of your AB1826 compliance.

  • What is Organic Waste: food waste, green wastes such as landscape and pruning waste, and non-hazardous wood waste. 
  • Who must arrange for Recycling Services: all businesses that generate two (2) or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (solid waste includes trash, recycling and organic waste). Multifamily complexes (of 5 or more units) must arrange for recycling services for the same material with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper. 

Ways to comply (using one or any combination of the following) *:

  • Subscribe to a food waste recycling service through Republic Services. To subscribe please email  or call (714) 238-2444.
  • Participate in edible food recovery by donating to a Food Pantry/Bank. 
  • Have landscaper take landscaping and pruning waste from your property to a permitted composting facility.
  • Self-haul organic waste to a permitted composting facility.
  • Conduct onsite processing or composting.

Your business or multi-family unit is responsible for complying with AB 1826. For more information, please contact the City of Brea at or call (714) 990-7691.

If you are a business and have signed up for organic (food waste) collection services, you can review the Organics Recycling Training flyer, which can be used to educate employees on proper food waste recycling. 

Customer Access to Recycling - AB 827 (this Bill amended AB 341 and AB 1826)

AB 827 is intended to educate and involve consumers in achieving the state’s recycling goals by requiring businesses to make recycling bins (general recycling and food waste) available to customers. This law targets businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption.

  • Who must comply: businesses that generate 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste must provide their customers with recycling containers that are visible, accessible, and adjacent to each trash container. 
  • How to comply: Details on full-service restaurants versus other types of food establishments are included since full-service restaurants do not have to provide properly labeled containers for patrons, but must provide properly labeled next to trash containers for employees to separate recyclables and organics for customers. Click the link for more information on Customer Access to Recycling (AB 827). Examples of labels made by CalRecycle can be used for compliance. 

Hazardous Waste Recycling: Have hazardous waste from a business and need to know how to properly dispose of it? Click here: