Commercial Recycling

Effective July 1, 2012, California businesses are required to recycle. State law requires the following businesses to arrange for recycling services:

  • Any business that generates four cubic yards or more of waste per week
  • Multi-family communities with five or more units

Get more information on the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law*.

* With the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 341, businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily units of five or more are required to recycle. Businesses (which include but are not limited to businesses, strip malls and public agencies, including schools) and multi-family communities shall take one or any combination of the following actions in order to reuse, recycle, compost or otherwise divert commercial solid waste from disposal:

  • Self haul
  • Subscribe to a hauler(s)
  • Arrange for pickup of recyclables
  • Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed-waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation

Effective April 1, 2016, California businesses are required to compost. State law requires the following businesses to arrange for composting services:

  • Any¬†business that generates eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week
  • Multi-family communities with five or more units are required to recycle their green waste, but not their food waste

Get more information on the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law.

Implementation Dates & Thresholds:

  • April 1, 2016 – 8 cubic yards of organic waste/week
  • January 1, 2017 – 4 cubic yards of organic waste/week
  • January 1, 2019 – 4 cubic yards of solid waste/week
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