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Commercial and Multi-family Recycling
35% = 11 Million Tons Per Year

Long Beach prides itself on being a green, sustainable community.  As a city, we have already achieved and surpassed California’s 50 percent waste diversion mandate, and are well on our way to meeting the 75 percent mandate before the 2020 deadline. As we look forward, new regulatory drivers, such as Assembly Bill 341 and Assembly Bill 1826, will provide the groundwork for an even more sustainable future.

Further increasing the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste in our community means that everyone will have to pitch in and re-evaluate their disposal methods.  Commercial and multi-family properties, generating nearly 75% of the solid waste in California, have the greatest opportunity to reduce our waste impact.  Much of this waste—consisting of 50% recyclables and 35% food waste, green waste, and other organics—can be recycled into valuable new goods and materials.  For this reason, businesses and multi-family dwellings of five or more units have been required since 2012 to collect recycling, and will soon need to plan to add organics (food and green waste) recycling to their operations.

Click the “Page Contents” tab, above, to learn more about how Assembly Bill 1826 (Mandatory Organics Recycling) and Assembly Bill 341 (Mandatory Commercial Recycling) apply to your business or property.

Mandatory Organics Recycling (MOR)

AB 1826 | MANDATORY ORGANICS RECYCLING LAW

Effective April 1, 2016, State law AB 1826 will require certain commercial and multi-family properties to arrange for organics recycling services. LAW DETAIL

AB 1826 adds organic waste diversion requirements to businesses and multifamily dwellings of five or more units that generate large quantities of waste. (Note: multi-family dwellings are not required to arrange for source-separated food waste collection under this law. See below for your compliance guidelines.)


Information for Commercial Properties | AB 1826

Key Dates:

  1. April 1, 2016:
    Businesses that generate eight or more cubic yards of organic waste must arranged organics recycling service for organic material.

  2. January 1, 2017:
    Generators of four or more cubic yards of organic waste per week are subject to organic waste diversion requirements.

  3. January 1, 2019:
    Generators of four or more cubic yards of total solid waste per week are subject to organic waste diversion requirements.

  4. January 1, 2020:
    CalRecycle must determine if organics waste disposal has been reduced by at least 50%. If it has not, CalRecycle is authorized to reduce the threshold for compliance to two cubic yards per week of total solid waste.
FAQs:
  1. What is organic waste?
    Organic waste, as defined in AB 1826, includes the following materials: food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper.

  2. What is organics recycling?
    Organic material can be processed in several ways to create a variety of valuable products. Composting, mulching, anaerobic digestion, and rendering are examples of “recycling” organics.

  3. What is the purpose of the new State law, AB 1826?
    To reduce greenhouse emissions by diverting commercial and multi-family residential organic waste through organics recycling. This will keep valuable materials out of landfills and create jobs.

  4. How will this State law impact my business or property?
    Establishing an organics recycling program can provide an opportunity for businesses to reduce the cost of their refuse collection.

  5. What do I need to do to comply?
    Contact your refuse hauler for assistance in determining how many cubic yards of organic waste per week your business generates. This will determine when you will need to comply with AB 1826.

    If your business generates eight or more cubic yards of organic waste:


    • Assess options for decreasing your quantity of organic waste. Consider changes to operations that could reduce organic waste at the source, or participation in a food donation/rescue program. Food Finders provides food rescue services for grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and other food-generating businesses in Long Beach and surrounding communities.
    • Determine your property’s space needs and location for the collection of organics.
    • Review your hauler service agreements and contact your hauler to set up organics recycling service.
    • Prepare for adding organics recycling to your business’s operations. Add organics recycling containers to your facility. Train staff to separate organic waste.
    • Download communication materials HERE to educate your employees and patrons.
    • Add organics recycling to your waste operations by April 1, 2016.

  6. I have limited space for containers. How do I comply?
    If a private hauler provides your refuse collection, contact your hauler for assistance.


  7. Will my collection schedule change?
    Establishing an organics recycling program will divert organics from your waste stream. You may be able to reduce the frequency of refuse service for your business. Consult with your hauler to determine your collection needs.


Information for Multi-Family Properties | AB 1826

 

Key date:

  • April 1, 2016: Any multi-family residential property with five or more units that generates eight or more cubic yards of green waste, landscaping/pruning waste and wood waste per week will be required to implement organic waste diversion trategies. Multi-family dwellings are NOT required to arrange for source-separated food waste collection under this law.

Requirements for multi-family properties:
This information is currently under development. Please check back to this section soon.


Information for Private Refuse Haulers | AB 1826


The commercial sector generates nearly 75% of the solid waste in California.*

Effective April 1, 2016, any business that generates eight or more cubic yards of organic waste per week will be required to implement organic waste diversion strategies.

Commercial Properties | Requirements for private haulers:
  • Haulers must make regularly scheduled or on-call organics recycling service available to commercial accounts that request it.
  • Haulers must provide separate containers for organics for their commercial-sector customers.
  • Haulers are responsible for maintaining organics containers by keeping them in good working order, clean of residue and graffiti-free.
  • Haulers must provide their commercial customers with information regarding materials accepted for organics recycling, collection schedule, and hauler contact information.
  • Haulers must divert organic materials generated from these accounts in a manner specified by the State of California.
  • Haulers must provide information to the City of Long Beach regarding the implementation of organics recycling services and collection of organic waste.
  • City of Long Beach staff will periodically visit commercial properties to ensure that the contracted hauler is in compliance with all requirements.

Multi-Family Properties | Requirements for private haulers (green waste):

This information is currently under development. Please check back to this section soon.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling (MCR)

AB 341 | MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING LAW

Effective July 1, 2012, State law AB 341 made recycling mandatory for commercial and multi- family properties with five or more units. LAW DETAIL

 

Information for Commercial and Multi-family Properties | AB 341
  • Properties with City-serviced waste collection: All business and multi-family residential properties with City-serviced refuse collection have access to recycling collection. CLICK HERE FOR ASSISTANCE.

  • Properties with private-hauler waste collection: All private haulers permitted by the City are required to provide recycling services. Contact your private hauler for assistance. Currently, 15 PRIVATE HAULERS are permitted to operate in Long Beach.
Compliance Tips:
  • Determine your space needs and location for the collection of recyclables.
  • Review your hauler service agreements and contact your hauler.
  • Add recycling instructions to your rental agreements.
  • Secure your recycling bins or carts to discourage scavenging of recyclables.
  • Download communication materials HERE to educate your building’s tenants.

FAQs

  1. What is the purpose of the new State law (AB 341)?
    To reduce greenhouse emissions by diverting commercial and multi-family residential solid waste through recycling. This recycling will keep valuable materials out of landfills and create jobs.

  2. How will this State law impact my business or property?
    Establishing a recycling program can provide an opportunity for businesses and multi-family residences to reduce the cost of their refuse collection.

  3. What do I need to do to comply?
    Determine the best location and how much space you’ll need for the collection of recyclables. Review your refuse collection service agreement and contact your service provider.
  • If you have City-serviced refuse collection, it’s easy to make arrangements for recycling. The City provides free purple recycling carts. For assistance call 562-570-2850 or click HERE .
  • If a private hauler provides refuse collection, contact your hauler to make arrangements for setting up collection of recyclables.
  • If you are a business, depending on your waste stream, you may also arrange for pickup of recyclable materials by an independent recycler.
  1. Will a recycling program generate revenue?
    Businesses may be compensated for source-separated recyclables that have market value, excluding thehauler’s or recycler’s operations cost.

  2. I have limited space for containers. How do I comply?
    • If a private hauler provides your refuse collection, contact your hauler for assistance.
    • If the City provides your refuse collection, the City provides free purple recycling carts that require less space than a 3- or 4-cubic yard bin. The City also provides free technical assistance to any business and multi-family complex in Long Beach. For assistance, click HERE

  3. Will my collection schedule change?
    Establishing a recycling program will divert recyclables from your waste stream. You may be able to reduce the frequency of service for your business or multi-family complex. Consult with your service provider to determine your collection needs.
Information for Private Refuse Haulers | AB 341

Effective July 1, 2012, any business or public entity that generates four or more cubic yards of commercial waste per week is now required to recycle.

Commercial Properties | Requirements for private haulers:

The commercial sector generates nearly 75% of the solid waste in California.*

    • Haulers must provide separate containers for recyclables for their commercial-sector customers.
    • Haulers are responsible for maintaining recycling containers by keeping them in good working order, clean of residue and graffiti-free.
    • Charges for recycling collection services must be included in the base service level price quote and/or contract.
    • Haulers must provide information regarding commodities/materials accepted for recycling, collection schedule, and hauler contact information.
    • Collection day(s) must be posted on the recycling bin/cart and/or building – visible to tenants and City inspectors.
    • City of Long Beach staff will periodically inspect commercial properties to ensure that the contracted hauler is in compliance with all requirements.

Multi-family Properties | Requirements for private haulers::

Multi-family dwellers make up approximately 56% of the households in Long Beach.

    • Haulers must recycle the same commodities/materials that the City’s residential recycling program currently accepts.
    • Charges for recycling collection services must be included in the base service level price quote and/or contract.
    • Haulers must provide information regarding commodities/materials accepted for recycling, collection schedule, and hauler contact information.
    • Collection day(s) must be posted on the recycling bin/cart and/or building – visible to residents and City inspectors.
    • City of Long Beach staff will periodically inspect multi-family residential properties to ensure that the contracted hauler is in compliance with all requirements.
Commercial & Multi-Family Recycling Downloads
POSTCARD
to mail to your tenants.

Flyer to post or deliver to tenants

ENGLISH

SPANISH

SIGNAGE
for employees or tenants
SIGNAGE
for employees
   

 


* CalRecycle 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data

 

 


Much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is recyclable.

Increasing the recovery of these recyclable materials will directly reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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