Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Organics Rules

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

In October 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. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste 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:

April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week shall arrange for organic waste recycling services.

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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

California's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law,AB 341, (came into effect on July 1, 2012) requires qualifying businesses and multifamily dwellings to recycle. The purpose of the law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts. According to the State, the commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California.

Which businesses must comply with the law? Any commercial or public entity that generates 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week.

Multifamily dwellings means residential dwellings of 5 units or more regardless of the amount of commercial solid waste generated.

No cost for single-stream recycling Save money by reducing your garbage & increasing your recycling. The cost for disposal services is based on your level of garbage service. The more material recycled, the less you pay in disposal.

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