The adoption of California Assembly Bill 341, which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from landfills and to reach California’s recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020 is now in effect. This law requires California 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, to adopt recycling practices
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:
- 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.
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)
- More information about California’s business recycling requirements
- Resources for business, including economic incentives, existing programs, and other useful recycling information is also provided by Cal Recycle
- Information and resources regarding business waste reduction