Compliance Resources for Restaurants

What Does Compliance Look Like?

This guide outlines requirements and exemptions for the following state waste and recycling mandates that may be applicable to your restaurant:

SB 1383: California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

SB 1383 requires all businesses to divert organic material (food scraps, food-soiled paper; and yard waste) away from the landfill. Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses (typically grocery stores, hospitals, large restaurants, and public schools) are required to recover excess edible food for donation. 

AB 827: Front-of-House Recycling Stations

AB 827 requires the provision of compost, recycling, and garbage sorting opportunities for customers on site. The receptacles must be visible, easily accessible, and labeled and colored coded (green for compost, blue for recycling, and gray for garbage) for easy identification.

AB 1276: Single-Use Foodware Accessories and Standard Condiments on Request

AB 1276 requires retail food facilities and food delivery platforms to only provide foodware accessories and condiments on request of the customer. It allows for self-services accessory stations. Bundling of single-use accessories or condiments is prohibited. 

AB 1276: Single-Use Foodware Accessories and Standard Condiments Flyer

State law requires that single use items be made available upon request only. This resource can be used to inform customers of this requirement in your business. 

AB 619: Bring-Your-Own Reusable Food and Beverage Containers Flyer

State law allows customers to bring and use their own reusables. This resource can be used to inform customers of this option in your business.