Mandatory Commercial & Multifamily Solid Waste Laws

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Commercial Recycling

California's AB 341 and The Town of Truckee's Municipal Code Section 6.01.060 require Mandatory Commercial Recycling. Businesses (public and private) and multi-family housing of five or more units are required to separate recyclable materials from garbage. Recycling cart service is available with Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) starting August 1, 2018. Please contact Town Recycling Staff if your business or multi-family complex has yet to subscribe to this service. 

Although the Eastern Regional Landfill Materials Recovery Facility provides significant recycling benefit to business by sorting commercial recyclable materials out of the waste stream, businesses are required to participate in source-separated recycling services to prevent contamination and increase recycling recovery rates.

Commercial Organics Recycling 

Organic waste makes up more than 30 percent of California's waste sent to landfills and contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. California's AB 1826 and The Town of Truckee's Municipal Code Section 6.01.070 require Mandatory Commercial Organic Waste Recycling. Organic waste from large organic waste generators must be separated from garbage and diverted from landfill. TTSD's food waste collection service is available February 1, 2019. Through this service, organic materials from commercial subscribers will be hauled to be composted at  RT Donovan Composting Facility in Sparks, NV. Covered businesses must subscribe to this service or certify they are self-hauling their organic waste to be recycled or reused elsewhere. Please contact Town Recycling Staff to ensure your business is in compliance with these new regulations. 

Organic waste includes:

  • food waste
  • green waste and landscaping waste

 

For questions contact Town of Truckee Commercial Recycling Outreach Specialist at 530-582-2496 or mconti@townoftruckee.com

For more information on the Mandatory Commercial & Multifamily Solid Waste laws and your responsibility as a business owner, visit CalRecycle.


Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law (AB 341)

Under California's AB 341, businesses (public and private) that generate four or more cubic yards of waste weekly and multi-family housing of five or more units are required to recycle. The bill became effective July 1, 2012. 

Although the Eastern Regional Landfill Materials Recovery Facility provides significant recycling benefit to business by sorting commercial recyclable materials out of the waste stream, businesses are encouraged to participate in additional recycling services. 

Commercial Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826)

Organic waste makes up more than 30 percent of California's waste sent to landfills and contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Starting in 2016, AB 1826 requires businesses and residential dwellings of five units or more to recycle their organic waste over time based on the amount and type of waste the business produces weekly. 

Organic waste includes:

  • food waste
  • green waste and landscaping waste 
  • nonhazardous wood waste
  • food-soiled paper that is mixed in with food waste (not including plastic-coated paper items)

Businesses can meet the mandatory organics recycling requirements through any of the following:

  • Source separate organic waste from other waste and participate in a waste recycling service that includes collection and recycling of organic waste.
  • Recycle its organic waste on site, or self-haul its organic waste off site for recycling.
  • Subscribe to an organic waste recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that specifically recycles organic waste.

The requirements will roll out in a tiered approach according to the following schedule:

 

 Date  Threshold to arrange for organic waste recycling services
 April 1, 2016 Businesses that generate 8 cubic yards of organic waste per week
 January 1, 2017 Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week
 January 1, 2019 Businesses that generate 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week