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Mandatory Commercial Recycling

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AB 341 requires Mandatory Commercial Recycling in California as of July 1, 2012. Businesses or public entities that are subscribing to waste collection services or are a multi-family residential property of five or more units are required to have a recycling program.

For more information on Mandatory Commercial Recycling (AB 341) please see the California Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) website

How do you contact us?

Department of Public Works, LA Sanitation

Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD)

1149 South Broadway Street, 5th Floor

Los Angeles 90015-2213

213-485-2260

213-485-3671 fax

AB341@lacity.org

Staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

What information do we need from you when you call?

  • Your name
  • Business name
  • Type of business
    1. Commercial Business
    2. Multi-Family Residence
  • Type of waste you generate
  • Type of information you need from us

 

FAQs

Q: What are the benefits of this law?
A: 1. The more recyclable materials a business can divert from their trash, the greater the potential savings and/or reduction in costs (i.e. monthly trash bill).
2. Recycling can help reduce emissions of methane, air toxics, and criteria pollutants from landfills.
3. Recycling frees up space in landfills which have a limited capacity.
4. The more businesses and residents recycle, the greater the ability for the City of Los Angeles to meet its diversion goal of 90% by 2025 and Zero Waste by 2035 (95% diversion).
Q: Who is required to recycle?
A: 1. Businesses, business complexes, or public entities that have the capacity to create four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week
2. Owners/managers of a multi-family dwelling of five units or more
Q: Who can I contact for recycling services?
A:

There are permitted haulers who can collect your solid waste. Here is a list of permitted haulers  who may offer you recycling services.

Q: What steps are required to comply?
A: 1. Separating your recyclable materials from your refuse and taking them to a recycling center or subscribing to a service for the collection of recyclables by a permitted hauler.
2. Subscribing for services with a permitted hauler who collects all your waste in one bin and separates the recyclables from the refuse at a different site.
Q: What type of materials can I recycle?
A:

Owners and managers of affected properties can contact a permitted hauler to subscribe to recycling services. The types of materials you can recycle may depend on what recyclable items the permitted hauler accepts. Contact a permitted hauler for more details.

Q: What if I am a business that has occasional special events that generate large amounts of waste? Am I subject to the mandatory commercial recycling?
A: During the time period that your site generates and subscribes to a weekly service of four cubic yards of solid waste, then the business will need to recycle.
Q: What is "solid waste"?
A: Solid waste is material that is generally disposed of in a landfill and does not include recyclables.
Q: What support is available to assist me in meeting the requirements of the law?
A:

LASAN offers a list of publications to help businesses identify how they can implement their own recycling programs.

LASAN also offers a Multi-family Residential Recycling Program Mangers/Owners guide that illustrates how to calculate the cost savings from a recycling program. 
 

Q: How do I sign up?
A:

1. Call your existing waste hauler and ask if they provide recycling services.

2. If you don't have an existing hauler or want to explore service provided by a different hauler, contact one of the City of Los Angeles permitted haulers.

Q: How do I know if I have the capacity to collect four cubic yards or more a week?
A: If your bin is four cubic yards and picked up once or more a week you are required to recycle. If your property has bins that provide an equivalent capacity, you are required to recycle, (i.e., if you have a three cubic yard bin and it is picked up twice a week, then you are required to recycle). Check your current waste hauling bill or call your hauler if you are not sure of your bin size.
Q: Why was Assembly Bill 341 signed into law?
A: 1. To reduce the green house gas (GHG) emissions by diverting commercial solid waste through recycling efforts, and to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.
2. To reduce methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials.
3. To meet the statewide goal of 75% solid waste diversion by 2020.
4. According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates nearly three-fourths of the solid waste in California. Most of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is recyclable.
Q: When did this law take effect?
A: All affected properties were required to start recycling July 1, 2012.
Q: If my multi-family residential property is already enrolled in the City's Multi-family Residential Recycling Program, do I need to do anything else to comply?
A: If you are already enrolled in the City's program there is nothing further you need to do at this time. When the City moves to an exclusive franchise, you will be required to establish a contract with the haulers(s) awarded your section of the City.
Q: Will I receive a penalty if I don't have recycling on my property?
A: The City encouraged all affected properties to have a recycling program in place by July 1, 2012. Your waste haulers will be reporting to the City which customers are subscribing to recycling services. Although the City is not pursuing monetary fines right now, there is a strong likelihood that the State will authorize the City to pursue enforcement actions against non-compliant properties. This has already been suggested by the State in their May 9, 2012, report, “California’s New Goal: 75% Recycling.” The document can be reviewed at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/75percent/
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: LASAN Citywide Recycling
1-800-773-2489