Assembly Bill 1826 Requires Commercial Organic Recycling
California Assembly Bill 1826, which went into effect on April 1, 2016, requires all businesses which generate 8 cubic yards or more per week of organic such as food waste, green waste, landscaping waste, nonhazardous wood waste and food-soiled paper waste to sign up for commercial organic recycling.
AB 1826 helps implement AB 341, the 2011 landmark recycling law that established the goal of diverting at least 75 percent of California’s solid waste away from landfills by 2020. AB 1826 accomplishes this by diverting methane-gas-producing organic food and yard waste away from landfills and into programs created by Harrison and its franchise clients that recycle the waste we deliver to our strategic partner Agromin. Agromin turns the waste into renewable resources such as biofuels and nutrient-rich compost for agriculture.
In addition to reducing the amount of methane gas generated in landfills, the intent of this regulation is to create cleaner air for all. Harrison Industries can provide a free waste assessment to assist businesses with appropriate compliance measures and to see if this service is needed at this time.
Businesses or Multi-Family Units of 5 or more producing the following organic waste volumes will be required to participate by the dated indicated:
- April 1, 2016 – For those generating 8 cubic yard of organic waste per week
- Jan. 1, 2017 – For those generating 4 cubic yards of organic waste per week
- Jan. 1, 2019 – For those generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week
- Summer/Fall 2021 – If the statewide disposal of organic waste has not been reduced by 50% by 2020, the program will be expanded to include businesses generating 2 cubic yards of commercial sold waste per week.
Outreach materials are available at www.ejharrison.com to help inform you about the requirements for commercial organic recycling. You can also visit the Cal Recycle web site at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/organics. For more information or to sign up for your free assessment please contact Daniel Harrison at .
Assembly Bill 341 Requires Commercial Recycling
California Assembly Bill 341 went into effect on July 1, 2011, mandating commercial recycling for all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week and all multi-family dwellings with five units or more regardless of the amount of waste.
Harrison and the cities and unincorporated areas of Ventura County we serve not only must comply with the new regulations but we also want our customers to benefit from recycling not only for our environment but for their bottom line as well. Although there is a charge for recycling to cover truck and labor costs and normal business expenses, these costs are lower than for trash service.
Harrison can provide free waste assessments to show you how you can improve your waste diversion. The new legislation also has a goal of 75 percent diversion of waste from landfills by 2020. Although our cities are close to that diversion level, it will take the cooperation of all commercial and residential customers to achieve this goal.
Here are a few things you can do to assure your business is in compliance with this regulation:
- Make sure all employees are aware of what materials can be recycled. Harrison has free fliers and posters available.
- Make sure you have adequate containers within your business to separate trash and recyclables. Make it convenient. Always put the trash and recycling containers next to each other.
- Work with custodial staff to be sure that recycling separated inside your business is actually going into your outside recycling bin.
- For multi-family units, property managers can inform tenants of what materials can be recycled.
Together we can comply not only with the letter of the law but help reduce air and water pollution, generate more jobs, save landfill space, conserve valuable natural resources and lower green house gas emissions. Thanks for doing your part!
For more information, call Daniel Harrison at Harrison Industries at 647-1414.