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Release: California Launches New Commercial Recycling Law



June 12, 2012


Dave Saltman


California Launches New Commercial Recycling Law

Business owners required by law to recycle after July 1

Victorville , Calif. – July 1 marks the launch of a new commercial recycling law that few businesses and residents in California are aware of. The passage of AB 341 means the majority of businesses and multi-family dwellings in California will be required to begin recycling July 1st, 2012. This Mandatory Commercial Recycling law will apply to businesses, public entities and multi-family dwellings such as apartment complexes and mobile home parks.

AB 341, authored by Assembly member Wesley Chesbro (D-Arcata), will contribute to California’s statewide recycling ambitions by setting a new statewide goal. Currently, all cities and counties are required to meet the statewide goal of 50% diversion set in 1989. AB 341 sets a goal of 75% recycling by January 2020.

The Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority has worked extensively to reach out to the business community and multi-family dwellings to educate them about the effects of this law and the requirements it contains. Many California businesses currently have a recycling program in place. These organizations are already in compliance with the new law.

This new law requires multi-family dwellings with five or more units as well as businesses and public entities with more than four cubic yards of waste to either self-haul or have their recyclables picked up by their local hauler.

Most local haulers offer a recycling pick-up option to their customers. Businesses and owners of multi-family dwellings are tasked with contacting their local waste company or city recycling coordinator to find out what their options are. Tenants of multi-family dwellings will also need to find out from their property manager what options are available to them and what items they can and should recycle.

If you would like more information about the new law, or need contact information for your waste company or city recycling coordinator please visit www.commercialrecycling.org or call (760) 694-9027.

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