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Waste Management of Orange County provides commercial and multi-family bin collection services for properties located within our contract cities and unincorporated areas in Orange County.  We offer these services to approximately 15,000 commercial customers weekly on 65 front-end loader routs, emptying about 34,000 bins each week!

Commercial services are provided using bins ranging in size from 1.5 cubic yards to 4 cubic yards (see sample sizes, below) and can be serviced up to seven days per week.  Locked bins are available; push-out service can also be provided. Larger bins may be available upon request.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling- AB 341

According to California Assembly Bill 341, commercial businesses and public entities that generate four or more cubic yards per week of waste and multi-family housing complexes with five or more units are required to adopt recycling practices. Waste Management makes it easy for businesses to comply with the state mandate by providing commercial recycling services through the collection of bins or residential carts for businesses.

Each local jurisdiction is required to inform businesses about the recycling requirement and to keep track of the level of recycling within the business community. In addition, each jurisdiction is required to report to Cal Recycle, the state agency that oversees recycling and solid waste, on progress in the business community.

Benefits of AB 341

In addition to less material going into local landfills, AB 341 will also contribute to Orange County’s economy. The Department of Resource Recycling estimates that local jurisdictions, schools, and businesses will save $40 million to $60 million per year from 2012-2020, due to lower recycling versus disposal costs. A higher volume of recyclables will also create manufacturing and recycling jobs and help contribute to California’s competitiveness.

Compliance with AB 341 is easy

Waste Management is here to help. Waste Management is working with the cities that it serves on programs to support commercial customers and multi-family complexes in meeting the AB341 requirements. 

Options for businesses to comply:

  1. Business may donate, sell and/or make other arrangements for pick up of the recyclable materials. This includes self-hauling the materials to recycling facilities.
  2. Arrange for recycling services directly through Waste Management.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have limited space for containers. How can I comply? 
We are working to provide a number of options to assist with your diverse needs. One of our representatives can help you identify your options. 

Where can I find information on AB 341?

Cal Recycle 
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/
Read the official bill online: 
http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0301-0350/ab_341_bill_20111006_chaptered.pdf

Will this add costs to my bill?
 
Some areas may receive a bill for recycling services once your container has been delivered. However, these initial recycling costs may be offset by reduced use of solid waste services over time. In addition, current commodity values for recyclable items are high, so you may also experience some reductions in total service costs over time.

Where to Go for More Information

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle)

Downloadable resources:

AB341 Laguna Woods Flyer

Tips to Maximize Your Recycling Success 

Recycling Certificate for print and posting

Commercial recycling services are also provided through the collection of bins or residential carts for businesses that generate a low volume of recyclable materials.—Sample bin sizes available at bottom of page.

For pricing and ordering information, please contact customer service at (949) 642-1191. For assistance with reading your commercial invoice, please reference this Simple Guide to understanding your invoice.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling- AB 1826

Covered Businesses Must Have Organics Recycling 

Assembly Bill 1826- As part of California's recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals, businesses are required to collect yard trimmings, food scraps and food-soiled paper for composting, as of April 1, 2016. Multifamily buildings with five or more units are required to collect yard trimmings, as of April 1, 2016. These organic materials account for nearly one-third of the approximately 30 million tons of waste destined for California's landfills each year. Diverting organics from landfills for processing into compost and mulch reduces landfill GHG emissions and produces sustainable products that contribute to soil health, plant nutrition, water conservation and carbon sequestration. Mandatory commercial organics recycling helps to meet the goals of California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32.

WHO

Businesses that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week, including food scraps and yard trimmings, are required to have organics recycling service as of April 1, 2016.

Multi-family properties with five (5) units or more that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week are also covered. As of January 1, 2019 collection of food scraps and food soiled paper will be required. Some jurisdictions may require this sooner; check with your municipality.

WHAT

Food Scraps including solid, semi solid, and liquid food such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, and oils; coffee filters and tea bags; cut flowers and herbs.

Yard Trimmings including grass clippings, leaves, flowers, hedge trimmings, weeds, etc. Nonhazardous Wood including tree branches, trunks, and untreated lumber.

Food-Soiled paper is uncoated paper that is soiled with liquid or solid food waste and typically includes products such as napkins, towels, and tissues, paper plates, paper cups, fast food wrappers, egg cartons, used pizza boxes, wax-coated cardboard, and other similar paper or compostable packaging.

 

WHERE

Every jurisdiction in California is required to implement an organics recycling program and conduct outreach to regulated business as of January 1, 2016. In addition, jurisdictions are required to monitor regulated business to ensure that they comply with recycling requirements.

WHEN

April 1, 2016, businesses and mutli-family buildings generating 8 cubic yards per week of covered organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2017, businesses generating 4 cubic yards per week of organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2019, businesses and multi-family properties generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste (trash) shall arrange for organics recycling service.

HOW

Our trained employees can help you determine the size container and frequency of service required to meet your needs. Contact:

949-642 -1191.

For more information, visit: caIrecycle.ca.gov /Recycle/Commercial/Organics.

 

Sample Bin Sizes