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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

In October 2011, Assembly Bill (AB) 341 was signed into law setting a 75% recycling goal for California by the Year 2020. AB 341 requires all commercial (business) and multifamily dwellings of 5 or more units that generate 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste per week to arrange for recycling services. The City has entered an exclusive franchise agreement with Athens Services. Athens Services provides a mixed waste processing that is compliant with AB 341.

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Mandatory Commercial Organic Recycling

In October 2014, California passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1826 requiring all businesses and multifamily dwellings with 5 units or more, to recycle their organic waste.

Organic Waste refers to food waste, green waste, landscape/pruning waste, wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste.

The mandatory commercial organic recycling time table applies as follows:

  • April 1, 2016: Businesses and multifamily residents generating eight (8) cubic yards or more of organic waste weekly must arrange for organic recycling services
  • January 1, 2017: Businesses and multifamily residents generating four (4) cubic yards or more of organic waste weekly must arrange for organic recycling services
  • January 1, 2019: Business generating four (4) cubic yards or more of solid waste weekly must arrange for organic waste recycling
  • Summer/Fall 2021: If CalRecycle determines the statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced by the 50% level of disposal during 2014, the organic recycling requirements will expand to cover businesses that generate two (2) cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste a week.

The City has partnered with Athens Services to provide organic recycling for commercial and multifamily unit customers. More information is available on the Athens Services website.  

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