• New Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law Takes Effect - Thursday, June 28, 2012 at

  • Businesses generate almost three-fourths of all solid waste in California according to CalRecycle (Calif. Dept. of Resources Recycling and Recovery). Most of this waste is recyclable and can include paper, plastic, cardboard and organic material.

    The new Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation (AB 341), approved and signed into law last year, went into effect July 1. The law requires that businesses implement a recycling program if they generate four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week. Multifamily residential dwellings with at least five units must also recycle as well as schools and municipalities.

    Organics can make up a major portion of a business' commercial waste stream. In fact, 30.4 percent of all commercial waste is organics and can include food waste, leaves, grass clippings, tree trimmings and branches (CalRecycle Waste Characterization Studies).

    The intended results of the new regulation are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep recyclable materials out of landfills and create a healthy environment for the community and future generations. The law is expected to affect about 470,000 businesses and multifamily residences in the state. CalRecycle estimates an average annual statewide cost savings of between $40 million and $50 million. Individual businesses may reduce costs through lower disposal fees and reuse opportunities.

    As part of AB 341, every jurisdiction (a city, county or a regional agency responsible for meeting Integrated Waste Management Act requirements) must provide recycling education, outreach and monitoring services to businesses in their area. Most jurisdictions already have some kind of existing commercial recycling program in place.

    For more compliance information, go to CalRecycle Mandatory Commercial Recycling. For information about creating a specific organics recycling program for your business, contact Agromin at 805-485-9200, bill@agromin.com.

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