AB 341 Santa Barbara

Recycling Law AB 341

Recycling Law AB 341

Mandatory Commercial Recycling

Recycling Law AB 341 Santa Barbara

On July 1, 2012 mandatory commercial recycling went into effect with the law known as AB 341 (Assembly Bill 341). This law requires all businesses (including public entities) and multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more to arrange for recycling services. Your business may be subject to additional recycling requirements depending on location and the amount of waste generated. If your business does not currently recycle, now is a great time to start. Call MarBorg today to see how you can divert material from the landfill while reducing your monthly trash bill. For additional details about AB 341, see below.

Purpose of the Law

To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts and to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.

Key Roles of the Law

  • Business Commercial Recycling Requirements – A business (includes public entities) that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week or is a multifamily residential dwelling of five units or more shall arrange for recycling services. Businesses can take one or any combination of the following in order to reuse, recycling, compost, or otherwise divert solid waste from disposal:
    • Self-haul.
    • Subscribe to hauler(s).
    • Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials.
    • Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.

A property owner of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance with this section.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling

In 2014, the State of California adopted AB 1826 (Assembly Bill 1826), a mandatory commercial organics recycling law that took effect in 2016. “Organic waste” means food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper that is mixed in with food waste. As of January 1, 2017, businesses (including public entities) and multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more units that generate 4 cubic yards or organic waste per week are mandated to recycle their organic waste. To learn more about AB 1826 and how to comply with its requirements, please call MarBorg today.

Purpose of the Law

AB 1826 is phased in over time and targets the largest organic waste generators first, with the long-term goal of keeping organics out of California’s landfills. Organics buried in the landfill release methane gas, which is much more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide.

Key Roles of the Law

  • April 1, 2016: Businesses that generate eight cubic yards of organic waste per week must recycle their organic waste.
  • January 1, 2017: Businesses that generate four cubic yards of organic waste per week must recycle their organic waste.
  • January 1, 2018: Businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of solid waste per week must recycle their organic waste.