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    Mandatory Recycling


    California requires mandatory organics recycling.
    Businessesgenerating 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week, must recycle their organic waste. The law includesschools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, for-profit or nonprofit organizations, as well as residential dwellings with 5+ units. These new requirements will be phased in over several years and will help California recycle 75 percent of its generated waste by 2020.

    Why is this necessary?
    Landfill gas created by decomposing organic wastes is a significant source of greenhouse gas. This law helps California achieve its aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals and address climate change. Despite the state's robust and traditional recycling infrastructure, organic materials (yard trimmings, food scraps and soiled paper) make up 41% of the remaining waste stream. Redirecting these resources to composting and digesting operations, will save landfill space, generate energy, reduce emissions, and restore soils.

    Organic recycling mandates are triggered by timelines and quantities. Here are the start dates:

    • April 1, 2016 - generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
    • January 1, 2017 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week
    • January 1, 2019 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week
    • January 1, 2020 - gereators of 2 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week (pending statewide progress)

    What can you do?
    Businesses can meet the mandatory requirements through any of the following:

    • Separate organic wastes and contract a waste recycling service to collect and recycle organics.
    • Recycle organics on site, or haul organics off site for processing.
    • Subscribe to a waste recycling service that separates organics from mixed waste and recycles the organics.

    Click here to learn more about California's Mandatory Organics Recycling Law

    A list of approved organic waste haulers can be found here ( Coming August 1, 2017)



    The State of California requires mandatory commercial recycling.

    What is AB 341?
    In January 2012, Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) was signed into law in California to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. AB 341, also called the 'Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation,' requires businesses and multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more, that generate four or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week to implement recycling programs, on or after July 1, 2012. The regulatory approach to this legislation has been designed to be extremely flexible.

    The goal is to divert 75% (previously 50%) of California's waste stream away from the landfill and instead towards recycling by the year 2020.

    Calculate your recycling impact! The Commercial Climate Calculator or C3 is a tool to help businesses reduce the amount of money spent on waste hauling services, lower their greenhouse gas emissions, and keep reusable and recyclable material out of landfills. For more information:

    What can be recycled?
    Here are just a few of the many materials that are able to be recycled.

    • Aluminum Cans and Foil
    • Magazines
    • Tin Cans
    • Cardboard
    • Plastic #1-7
    • Glass Bottles and Jars
    • Paper
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