Commercial Solid Waste & Recycling Services

The City of Oceanside Municipal Code Chapter 13 requires that Oceanside residents, businesses and apartment complexes separate all recyclable materials from other solid waste. Additionally, the State of California regulations require all California businesses to participate in Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826) and Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341). The good news is the City's Zero Waste team is here to help! Read more about the state regulations and how the Zero Waste team can help your business comply below.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling (AB 1826)

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1826 requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. Organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. This law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time. In particular, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, which means that an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply.

Effective January 1, 2020, Waste Management in partnership with the City of Oceanside will be launching a commercial food scraps recycling program. This program will help our city meet current state diversion laws and provide a comprehensive program for organics management. All commercial customers will receive outreach and technical assistance in January through March.

Questions or concerns? Please email and view how the City can help your business comply with AB 1826 below.

Public Input Workshop: The Future of Food Waste in Oceanside

This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of the options and their relative impacts to the local region for organics processing and zero waste. We invite you to participate in the discussion, ask questions, and provide input about which options are the best fit for Oceanside. Please join us at the San Luis Rey Wastewater Treatment Plant on April 6, from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm to provide your input. Please RSVP to

Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341)

California Assembly Bill AB 341 was enacted July 1, 2012, requiring all California cities to divert a minimum of 75% of waste from landfills by 2020. This law also requires both businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly and multifamily complexes with 5 units or more to participate in recycling programs. Additionally, the City of Oceanside is the first city in San Diego County to adopt a Zero Waste Plan to support and surpass the goals set forth by AB 341. The City of Oceanside cannot reach these goals without each business doing its part. Recycling is the right decision for your business, your community and the earth.  By making recycling a part of your daily routine you will not only save precious and limited natural resources, and enjoy a healthier environment, you may also reduce your waste disposal costs.

Questions or concerns? Please email and learn how the City can help your business comply with AB 341 below.

The City of Oceanside's Zero Waste Team is here to help your business!

The City of Oceanside Zero Waste Team offers a variety of services and programs to help you implement sustainable processes into your business routines. The following tools are offered to businesses free of charge.

  • Service Evaluation - A service evaluation is an analysis of your businesses waste stream. It can identify what types of recyclable materials and waste your business generates and how much of each type is recovered through waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. Using the information collected during our visit, the City can help your organization right size your waste and recycling services to help you save money and resources.
  • Technical Assistance - The City of Oceanside Zero Waste Team can help your business implement programs that can help you monitor food waste, recycling programs, set up donation services, increase employee participation and more.
  • Supplies, Signage and Training - To ensure that your recycling and waste reduction plan is effective, the City can provide an array of materials for your business, as supplies last. Material provided includes recycling and organic containers, signage, recycling guide, compost materials and educational handouts. An effective waste reduction plan hinges on the participation and support of employees, managers, and customers. It involves rethinking the way we do things and creating new sustainable habits. Staff will present an interactive training presentation that will emphasize the benefits of waste reduction and recycling.

If you are interested in any of these programs or would like further information, please complete the Solid Waste and Recycling Service Review Form available for download by clicking here.  Email this completed form to