4 Steps to Compliance

Everyone is now required to correctly sort their waste into the appropriate container – trash, recyclables, and organics.

  1. Subscribe to trash, recycling, and organics collection service. Contact EDCO at (760) 744-5615 ext. 168 or [email protected] to set up collection service.
  2. Set up color-coded and labeled containers in convenient locations for patrons, employees and residents. Dining areas of take-out restaurants, building lobbies and other common areas also must have color-coded and labeled bins.
  3. Train and educate tenants, residents, employees, contractors and janitors about how to properly sort their waste and to ensure requirements are met.
  4. Sort waste into proper containers. Compliance includes using containers correctly. View the “What Goes Where” guide to learn how to sort properly.
  5. *Optional* Free Technical Assistance. The City has partnered with the Solana Center to provide free technical assistance to businesses to help reduce waste, save money, implement the new organics program, train staff, and more. To set up an appointment, call (760) 436-7986 ex.701 or email [email protected]

If you have any questions, contact City staff at [email protected]

Organics Recycling Training Video for Commercial Kitchens:

Compliance Guide for Businesses

Organics Recycling Ordinance Review for Businesses

Did you miss the workshop? Watch the recording here. Passcode: 6#tyud8*

Three-Stream Signage

The City, EDCO, and Solana Center developed bilingual, double-sided, three-stream signage for businesses to post at waste receptacles to help staff, residents, and customers properly and conveniently sort waste into nonorganic (blue) recycling, organics (green) recycling, and landfill items.

3-Stream Signage

Click here for the downloadable PDF.

Nonorganic (Blue) Recycling Resources


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Multi-Family Property Recycling 

Check out the Multi-Family Property Recycling Guide, a checklist for property owners and managers to implement a recycling program. Use the checklist to help you navigate the resources below and support tenants in recycling right. Multi-Family Property Recycling Guide (Checklist)

Mandatory Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling

California state law AB 341 requires that commercial enterprises which generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly participate in recycling programs. This requirement also includes multi-family housing complexes of five units or more, regardless of the amount of solid waste generated each week. EDCO, the City’s waste hauler, offers commercial recycling services throughout Encinitas. EDCO representatives will establish recycling services that meet any organizations needs for a reasonable monthly cost. Establishing recycling programs may help lower total costs for waste collection services because recycling service fees are substantially lower than waste collection fees. EDCO Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling Services

Event Recycling

Planning an event? The City of Encinitas is happy to loan Clearstream recycling containers to organizations to assist with event recycling. Complete the Portable Recycling Unit – Loan Program Application/Agreement Form as far in advance of the event as possible and email it to [email protected]. How to Reduce Event Waste

Organic (Green) Recycling Resources 


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Resources to Help Businesses Recycle Organics

Effective July 1, 2020, state law AB 827 requires businesses that serve food for immediate consumption on the premises to provide recycling and food waste bins and signage for staff in back of house and customers in front of house (where applicable).

As EDCO rolls out the organics recycling program to Encinitas commercial entities, the City would like to assist local businesses with the transition to collecting organic materials by providing technical assistance and signage.

If you are interested in receiving assistance, please contact Ashlee Stratakis at [email protected] or 760-633-2859.


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Food Waste Recycling Virtual Forum 

Commercial Food Waste Guide

The City of Encinitas and Solana Center hosted a virtual forum for commercial food waste generators to learn more about:  

- The new state law (SB 1383) on food waste collection and how it affects your business.
- The new organics recycling program rollout and related rates
- Resources to guide with organics sorting and recycling. 

Watch the webinar recording

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Commercial Food Waste Generator Resource Guide


Mandatory Organics Recycling (AB 1826)

What businesses need to know: Businesses and public entities that generate two cubic yards (CY) of solid waste are required to recycle organic waste (food and/or green waste). In September of 2020, CalRecycle reduced the threshold from four cy to two cy of solid waste per week. This bill aims to achieve 75 percent waste diversion by 2020.

Solid waste is the total of trash, recycling, and organics generated by businesses. Business organic waste includes food scraps, compostable paper, green waste and landscape materials, and nonhazardous wood waste.

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What multi-family properties need to know: currently, apartment and condominium complexes of five units or more are required to recycle non-food organic waste. Businesses may self-haul, mulch/compost on-site (with appropriate state permitting) or contact EDCO for collection services.

Multi-family organic waste includes green waste and landscape materials, and nonhazardous wood waste.

In 2022, under SB 1383 (see below for more information), all multi-family properties will be required to recycle food waste in addition to the previously mentioned organic waste. In June 2021, EDCO began offering food and green waste collection services for Encinitas residents.

Reducing Organic Waste (SB 1383)

CommercialFood (1) Senate Bill (SB) 1383 targets reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, including methane, which are released when organic waste decomposes in the landfill. The law directs the state’s department of resources recycling & recovery (CalRecycle) to adopt regulations and requirements to achieve a 50 percent reduction in organic waste disposal by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025.

Some SB 1383 requirements for local governments include offering organic waste collection and recycling services to all residents and businesses, implementing a food recovery program, and conducting education and outreach on organics recycling, food waste prevention, and other related topics.