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As part of California’s recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals, businesses will be required to collect yard trimmings, food scraps and food-soiled paper for composting, effective April 1, 2016.
AB-341, a new state law that went into effect on July 1, 2012 is designed to help meet California’s recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020. AB-341 requires all businesses and public entities that generate 4 cubic yards or more of waste per week to have a recycling program in place. In addition, multi-family apartments with 5 or more units are also required to form a recycling program.
Not only does AB-341 ensure that businesses will refrain from disposing recyclables in the landfills, it will also contribute to Nevada County’s economy. The Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 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.
Did you know that by adding recycling to your account you may be able to save money on your trash bill?