California’s Mandatory Organics Recycling Bill: SB 1383

The state of California is requiring all Multi-Family Dwellings to establish organic recycling services for tenants. Organics are defined as yard trimmings, food scraps, food-soiled paper and non-hazardous, untreated wood waste. For a comprehensive list of items you can put in your organics bin and size limitations for yard trimmings and untreated wood click here.

WVC&R is contacting all Multi-Family complexes to set up organics recycling service and provide information on SB 1383. WVC&R will be delivering kitchen organics pails to multi-family complexes prior to the end of 2021.

Effective July 1, 2012, AB 341, the State of California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Program, requires commercial businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week and multi-family complexes with 5 units or more to recycle. Many WVC&R businesses and complexes are already in compliance with AB 341.

If your complex fits into these parameters and you currently do not have recycling, WVC&R will provide recycling containers and service at no additional charge.

To request recycling or organics service, or if you want more information, contact the outreach department at 408-283-9250 or

Recyclables, Garbage, and More!

Not too sure what items you can place in each container? View the list of acceptable items for each container.

dumpster sizesCommercial Garbage Rates and Sizes

Not sure what size container is right for your multi-family complex? WVC&R offers a variety of cart and dumpster sizes for your garbage and recycling.

additional servicesAdditional Multi-Family ServicesAdditional Services

WVC&R offers extra services such as bulky-item collection, extra garbage pick-up, debris box rentals, and more! Find out more on what WVC&R can do for you!


Recyclable Materials Resource Guide

Learn more about home composting, hazardous waste disposal and local donation centers!

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Multi-Family How-To Guide (PDF Version)

Download, print or view online our How-to Guide for multi-family residents for free. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.