Update on Commercial Recycling Laws (Post Date: 2/13/19)

Bales of Recyclable MaterialsA new age of commercial recycling in California dawned in 2011, when Assembly Bill 341 passed, requiring mandatory commercial recycling and setting a strict policy goal of 75 percent recycling statewide by 2020.

Then, in 2016, AB 1826 passed, requiring businesses to reduce their disposal of food waste and other organics to 50 percent of 2014 levels, by the year 2020. As of January 1, 2019, all commercial businesses generating 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week must take part in AB 1826.

E.J. Harrison & Sons has recently retooled its recycling facility and is working with the City of Camarillo, other franchise clients, and its strategic partner Agromin to obtain the necessary permits to build facilities to accommodate the organic waste.

These things obviously don’t come for free. Commercial Customers’ typical rates will not be adequate for a formal food material program. Harrison continues to grapple with the realities of what it will take to implement these new organics recycling laws. Outreach materials are available at www.ejharrison.com to help inform you about the organics recycling requirement. Also, for a list of frequently asked questions, please visit https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics/faq.

For additional information, or to sign up for your free waste assessment, please contact Donald Sealund at (805) 647-1414, ext. 4318.

Download the informational PDF.