New Recycling Mandate
Effective July 1, 2012, businesses that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and all multi-family complexes with five or more units are required to recycle under a new State Bill (AB341) directed by CalRecycle. The goal of AB341 is to increase statewide recycling rates to 75 percent by year 2020 with aims of reducing greenhouse emissions by diverting commercial solid waste. Currently, State law requires local governments to reduce waste disposed in landfills by 50 percent. To learn more, visit www.calrecycle.ca.gov and enter “ab341” in the Search field.
AB341 Compliance Assistance
For assistance with implementing a new – or expanding an existing – recycling program at your multi-family complex or business site, or for help understanding and complying with the State mandate AB341, contact the Valley Vista Services Recycling Coordinator at 626.961.6291 or the Diamond Bar City Manager’s Office at 909.830.7013.
Multi-family dwellings (apartment buildings, condominiums, and townhomes) have access to communal refuse/recycling bins; the quantity and type of bins vary with each location depending on a number of factors such as the number of units, container storage space, and contract service specifications. To help recover as many recyclables as possible, multifamily waste streams are sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for hand-sorting of materials for recycling and refuse for disposal.
Contact Valley Vista Services at 800.442.6454 for more information.
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