AB 341 — Mandatory Recycling for Multi-Family Residences*

With the passing of Assembly bill 341 beginning July 1, 2012 a recently passed California regulation mandates recycling for all multi-family residential buildings comprised of 5 or more units. For more information visit CalRecycle website.

If your multi-family residential building has 5 or more units and recycling services are not currently being provided or if recycling services are already available, but you would like to learn more about enhanced recycling programs in your area, please call Bertolotti Disposal Customer Service at 209-537-8000 ext 107.

AB 1826 & 1383 — Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling/ Education and Outreach*

In October 2014 Governor Brown signed AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program). Organic waste (also referred to as organics throughout this resource) means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. This law phases in the mandatory recycling of commercial organics over time, while also offering an exemption process for rural counties. In particular, the minimum threshold of organic waste generation by businesses decreases over time, which means an increasingly greater proportion of the commercial sector will be required to comply. The SB 1383 regulations require that jurisdictions conduct education and outreach on organic recycling. For more information on AB1383 see a CalRecycle website

Reducing Business Waste

Waste prevention is something your business can do today that can significantly reduce the amount of waste that is landfilled. Waste prevention is any practice that causes a reduction in the generation of waste. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ideas:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: This slogan represents the preferred method of waste reduction activities: Reduce the amount of waste you create, Reuse items rather than throwing them away, and if you cannot reduce or reuse the waste, then recycle it.