Food Waste Recycling

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1826 requiring recycling of organic material from businesses beginning April 1, 2016.

Organic waste includes:
  • Food waste
  • Paper plates, napkins mixed with food waste
  • Landscape waste material, such as grass, leaves, and pruning waste
  • Untreated wood waste (treated wood waste is injected or coated with hazardous chemicals and is not suitable for composting)
Hotels and restaurants can reduce organic waste and trash disposal costs by donating edible food to food rescue and food banks to help reduce hunger. Instead of using up expensive shelf space for those items that just aren’t selling, but are perfectly edible, you can donate the food to make room for new items. 

Waste Not OC

Hunger is not new, but what is new is our ability to work together to end it in Orange County. The Waste Not OC Coalition (WNOC) is a public/private partnership of the OC Health Care Agency, restaurants, food banks, and community leaders working together to facilitate the donation and distribution of surplus food to the needy. The City of Fountain Valley has partnered with WNOC in asking our restaurants to divert food waste to its greatest good, feeding those that do not have enough to eat. Through Waste Not OC, non-residential food waste is picked up and donated to those in need. All that is required is that the donated food is handled and stored in a safe, sanitary manner, and maintained in the same manner as food sold to your customers. 

The City's goal is to have WNOC and restaurants collaborate and reduce the amount of food thrown out. WNOC is a win-win for the community. It helps restaurants reduce organic waste and trash disposal costs, provides food to those in need, and gives businesses a charitable giving opportunity for tax purposes.

For more information about Waste Not OC, read the letter and informational packet sent out to Fountain Valley restaurants and visit the on Waste Not OC website at

Donating edible food is a good way to demonstrate that you’re a money-wise and caring member of the community. In Orange County, food donation can also be achieved by contacting the Second Harvest Food Bank at