Starting July 1, businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily units of five or more are required to recycle.
The requirement was contained in legislation signed into law, AB 341 (Chesbro, D-North Coast). The purpose of the law, according to CalRecycle, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts and expand opportunities for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.
CalRecycle has provided the following information about the law and offers resources to help businesses meet the recycling requirements.
WHO MUST COMPLY
- Businesses and public entities that generate four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.
- Multifamily residential dwellings that have five or more units.
HOW TO COMPLY
- subscribe to a hauler(s)
- arrange for pick-up of recyclables
- subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.
- CalRecycle advises businesses to contact their local recycling coordinator to find out how to recycle in their community and if there are any specific requirements in their community (see contacts below).
Communities may have mandatory commercial recycling ordinances with different thresholds or more specific business recycling requirements than the state law. The local recycling coordinator also may have related business opportunities and/or resources to share.
- Opportunities for businesses or multifamily complexes to save money.
- Creating jobs in California by providing materials for recycling manufacturing facilities.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Keeping valuable materials out of landfills.
- Creating a healthy environment for the community and future generations by recovering natural resources.
- CalRecycle staff and lcal jurisdiction contacts:www.calrecycle.ca.gov/lgcentral/reports/contacts.aspx.
Look up CalRecycle staff and local jurisdiction staff by city/county.
- Mandatory Commercial Recycling Frequently Asked Questions:www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/faq.htm.
A comprehensive list of mandatory commercial recycling questions and answers developed in response to stakeholder inquiries.