Commercial and Multi-Family Trash Service
Beginning in 2022, California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383) requires all City of Moorpark businesses/multi-family complexes with five or more units to sign-up for waste collection services (trash, recycling, organics). These requirements apply to for-profit and non-profit businesses, including multi-family residential properties, government offices, and industrial facilities.
SB 1383 Commercial Business and Multi-Family Requirements
Businesses and multi-family complexes must subscribe to waste (trash, recycling, organics) collection service through the City’s franchised hauling company Waste Management. Alternatively, self-hauling is permissible as long as organics and recyclables are not landfilled, and records of receipts and weight tickets are kept for 5 years.
Businesses and multi-family complexes must provide organics and recycling containers, in addition to trash containers, for employees, contractors, tenants, and customers.
Business employees and multi-family complex tenants must have access to a sufficient number of containers, appropriately sized, and conveniently located.
Containers for organics and recycling must be provided in all areas where trash containers are present, except for restrooms or inside multi-family units.
As new containers are delivered, container bodies or lids shall conform to the following color scheme: gray for trash, blue for recycling, and green for organics. In addition, containers shall have labels with graphic images to indicate primary materials accepted and prohibited.
Business employees and multi-family complex owners/managers shall annually provide educational information to tenants and staff about the requirements to separate organics and recycling from the trash. In addition, education must be provided on how to properly sort the three waste streams into correct containers. *Please note, for new tenants, this information must be provided before or within 14 days of move-in.
Business and multi-family complex owners/property managers must periodically inspect recycling and organic containers and inform employees and/or tenants if and when contamination is discovered.
Moorpark business and multi-family properties receive trash bills monthly. Service charges will depend on the size and number of bin/trash carts you sign up for. Click the following link for a full listing of all 2022-23 solid waste service rates. For questions regarding your service or to set up or make changes, please contact Waste Management at (805) 522-9400 or (800) 675-1171.
Bins and carts are available for business and multi-family properties. Bin and cart lids are color-coded based on what goes inside of them and are available in multiple sizes:
- Gray Trash Bin available in 1.5, 3, and 4 cubic yards
- Blue Recycling Bin available in 1.5, 3, and 4 cubic yards
- Green Organics Bin available in 1.5, 3, and 4 cubic yards
- Food Waste Cart available in 96 gal.
- Food Waste Cart available in 96 gal.
If your business has not implemented an organics waste program, please click here to learn more.
For additional information on what goes in each container, please click here.
Businesses, non-local entities, and education agencies may qualify for exemptions from some or all of the requirements if they can provide supporting information for their request and meet the state required thresholds outlined below.
De Minimis: Minimal organic material is generated.
- If an entity produces more than 2 cubic yards or more of total solid waste per week and generates less than 20 gallons per week of organic waste.
- If an entity produces less than 2 cubic yards of total solid waste per week and generates less than 10 gallons per week of organic waste.
*Please note “total solid waste” includes all three containers (trash, recycling, organics).
If a business or multi-family property generator may qualify for a De Minimis Waiver, please complete the Organics Waiver Application.
Physical Space Constraint Waiver: The premises lack adequate space to fit all three containers (trash, recycling, organics).
If a business or multi-family property generator may qualify for a Physical Space Waiver, please complete the Physical Space Constraint Waiver Application.
Alternative Services: The business has established collection through back-hauling, self-hauling, or shared services.
If a business has arranged for collection through back-hauling, self-hauling, or shared services, please complete the Alternative Services Certification Application.
State Mandated Edible Food Recovery and Donation
SB 1383 requires commercial edible food generators to donate all leftover or unsold food that would otherwise be disposed by donating the food to a food recovery organization/service. “Edible Food” means food intended for human consumption.
SB 1383 refers to mandated food donors as “edible food generators” and placed them in two distinct tiers. Edible food generators must arrange to recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise go to landfills, maintain records, and sign a written agreement with a food recovery organization or service.
Businesses Classified as Commercial Food Generators
Tier One edible food generators must comply with edible food recovery requirements by January 1, 2022. This includes:
- Grocery stores (with a total facility size 10,000 square feet or more)
- Food service distributors
- Wholesale food markets
Tier Two edible food generators must comply with edible food recovery requirements by January 1, 2024. This includes:
- Restaurants (with 250 seats or more, or 5,000 square feet or more)
- Hotels (with onsite food facility and 200 rooms or more)
- Health facilities (with onsite food facility and 100 or more beds)
- State agencies (with a cafeteria with 250 or more seats, or 5,000 square feet or more)
- Local education agencies (with an onsite food facility)
- Large venues and events
Local Food Recovery Organizations
SB 1383 Requirements for Non-Local Entities and Education Agencies
Non-local entities include state agencies and federal facilities. Education agencies include universities, school districts, charter schools, and community colleges.
- Subscribe to organics collection service in addition to trash and recycling through the City’s franchised hauling company. Alternatively, self-hauling is permissible as long as organics and recyclables are not landfilled, and records of receipts and weight tickets are kept for 5 years.
- Provide recycling and organics collection containers in all areas where a garbage container is located, except for restrooms. The collection containers must adhere to the color scheme: green for organics, blue for recycling, gray for trash.
- Prohibit employees from disposing of organics in the trash.
- Periodically inspect the recycling and organics containers for contamination. If any contamination is found, provide information/education to correct behavior.
- Provide education to employees on how to prevent generation of organic materials (source reduction).
Food Insecurity Resources
- Food Pantries provide access to emergency food, meals, groceries, and other forms of aid to individuals and families in need of assistance.
- Food Share of Ventura County distributes more than 17 million pounds of food, or more than 20 million meals annually through its 190 pantry and program partners. As Ventura County’s regional food bank, Food Share provides food for over 75,000 hungry friends and neighbors monthly. Food Share is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief network of food banks, as well as the California Association of Food Banks.
- Waste-Free Ventura County seeks to build a coalition of partners to reduce food waste, eliminate hunger, and recover edible food before it is sent to the landfill. Since its inception in 2018, Waste-Free VC has been coordinated by Ventura County Public Health and many other local government and nonprofit stakeholders. A number of important goals have already been achieved. Join the Waste-Free Ventura County Coalition to eliminate food waste and end hunger.
To make sure your residents and employees are properly recycling material on your property, please click on th picture below for a brief video.