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Commercial and Multi-Family Complexes Recycling

Commercial and Multi-Family Complexes Recycling Law

The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB) 341 requires commercial businesses to recycle.  The legislation was effective July 1, 2012, and is designed to help meet California's recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020.

The Commercial Mandatory Organics Recycling Law (AB) 1826 requires that business arrange for recycling services for the following types of organic waste: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper.  Multi-family complexes must arrange for recycling services for the same material with the exception of food waste and food-soiled paper.

Who must recycle?

AB341 requires the following businesses and multi-family complexes to arrange for recycling services: Businesses and public entities that generates 4 cubic yards or more of waste per week; Multi-family buildings with five or more units.

AB1826 requires businesses and multifamily complexes to start recycling organic waste by the following dates:

April 1, 2016 - generators of 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week;

January 1, 2017 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week;

January 1, 2019 - generators of 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.

How Can I Determine if my Business is Affected?

If you are unsure of the amount of solid waste that you generate per week, you can check your monthly disposal invoice from Waste Management or call Waste Management for assistance at (949) 642-1191. Recycling services are offered to any Laguna Beach businesses and multi-family complexes with a commercial trash account at no additional charge. Contact Waste Management to help you start a recycling program or expand an existing program. If you have space challenges, Waste Management will help you find a solution that will meet your needs. In many cases, recycling programs can save you money.