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Mandatory Recycling for Businesses and Mutl-Family Complexes

AB 341

In October of 2011, Assembly Bill (AB) 341 set a 75% recycling goal for California by the year 2020. The law mandates that all Commercial businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week, and multi-family complexes with five units or more, are subject to mandatory recycling and required to do one of the following:

1) Separate recyclable materials from the solid waste that are discarded, and either self-haul or arrange for separate collection of the recyclables; or

2) Subscribe to a service that includes mixed waste processing that provides diversion results comparable to source separation

AB 1826

In October of 2014, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1826 requiring all businesses, including multi-family complexes, to recycle their organic waste that are landfill bound. The full scope takes 5 years to implement by first targetingthe largest waste generators. The implementation schedule for Businesses and multi-family complexes to have an organics recycling program in placeis as follows:

• April 1, 2016

• January 1, 2017

• January 1, 2019

*Organic waste includes food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, non hazerdous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste is mixed wit

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