Mandatory Commercial Recycling
New law requires businesses to recycle. With the passage of AB 341 (Jobs and Recycling) on October 6, 2011, businesses are required 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. In Sonoma County, it is estimated that 70% of what is being landfilled could be recycled.
When will the law take effect?
On and after July 1, 2012, businesses subject to the law shall arrange for recycling services.
Which businesses must comply with the law?
- Businesses and public entities means any commercial or public entity that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week, including but not limited to, a firm, partnership, proprietorship, joint-stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or non-profit entity, strip mall (e.g. property complex containing two or more commercial entities), industrial facility, school, school district, California State University, community colleges, University of California, special district or a federal, state, local, regional agency or facility.
- Multifamily dwellings means residential dwellings of five units or more regardless of the amount of commercial solid waste generated.
Contact Rio Vista Sanitation for more local information: http://www.riovistadisposal.com/
The following links from the State of California's recycling and waste reduction efforts are being provided to help residents and businesses with their recycling needs.
Green Material Used as Alternative Daily Cover (ADC) (AB 1594)
Buying recycled products promotes waste reduction and management.
CalMAX is a free, online materials exchange service.
This is a site for those who are interested in organic materials
For Commercial Organic Information (AB 1826)
You can also contact the State's representative for more information:
Rachelle Tarver, at Cal Recycle at (916) 341-6613
or email her at Rachelle.Tarver@calrecycle.ca.gov
Solano County Link for Additional Information:
Solano County Recycle Guide