RESOURCES & TOOLSMandatory Commercial Recycling
California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law
Mandatory Commercial Recycling was one of the measures adopted in the Assembly Bill 32 Scoping Plan by the Air Resources Board (ARB) pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006). The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste diversion as a method to reduce GHG emissions. It is designed to achieve a reduction in GHG emissions of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents. To achieve the measure’s objective, an additional 2 to 3 million tons of materials annually will need to be recycled from the commercial sector by the year 2020 and beyond.
Is Your Business or Multifamily Residential Dwelling Affected?
Yucaipa Municipal Code (8.28.055 “Mandatory Commercial Recycling/Diversion) enforces the regulations of State legislation (AB 341). This regulation became effective on July 1, 2012, and mandates businesses and public entities generating four (4) cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily residential dwellings with five (5) units or more to recycle. All businesses and multifamily residential dwellings are encouraged to take advantage of recycling programs and select any combination of the following to divert commercial solid waste from disposal:
- Subscribe to recycling services from Yucaipa Disposal
- Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials
- Self-haul recyclables to a recycling center
- Utilize mixed-waste processing services
It is important for business and multifamily residential dwellings to be proactive and contact their solid waste recycling service provider to ensure they are receiving the recycling services necessary to comply with AB 341. Contact Yucaipa Disposal at 909-889-1969 to schedule a complimentary waste and recycling survey. More details can be found at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/climate/recycling/faq.htm.
How will compliance be monitored?
Jurisdictions (cities & counties) are required to assess whether affected generators (businesses/multifamily residential dwellings) are complying with the requirement to recycle. They are also required to identify and notify businesses that are not in compliance and inform them of the requirement to recycle and how they can recycle.
Establishing Your Recycling Program
Starting a recycling program is not the same for everyone; however the first step is to assess the materials (or waste) that your business or multifamily residential dwelling generates. Then choose the right size of both trash and recycling bins that will suit your needs. Finally, and most importantly, educate your staff or tenants on the right materials for each bin. While the steps can be few they are important. Recycling Coordinators can assist in establishing a program, along with providing the necessary education and outreach.
Recycling Considerations: Make Your Program a Success!
Ensuring that your recycling program is successful depends on a few key elements; most importantly assistance from employees and residents. Here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction.
- Post signage to remind employees or residents to recycle specific items (cardboard, paper, etc.). Communication is essential. Newsletters and flyers also reinforce the message.
- Placement of recycling cans next to trash cans increases the chances of getting more recyclables into the correct container.
- Emptying recycling bins into the proper recycling dumpster will ensure that your business or multifamily residential dwelling is doing their part to lower costs and reduce landfill waste.