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Effective July 1, 2021, the County of San Diego requires all single-family households, businesses, and multi-family complexes to recycle. This recycling effort targets single-stream recycling where all recyclable materials are mixed together. The County passed a new ordinance that amended the Solid Waste Regulatory Code relating to solid waste and recycling collection. This amendment to the code now requires all residential and commercial generators to have recycling services.
Businesses that divert recyclable materials from rubbish containers can potentially reduce trash collection costs. If your company or multi-tenant property is serviced on multiple waste collection days or has more than one trash dumpster, you may be able to save money by recycling. Retail businesses, office buildings, restaurants, convenience stores, industrial centers, apartments and condominiums can all set up our simple and convenient recycling program.
RDS offers recycling programs that allow your employees and/or tenants to collect a variety of recyclable materials. To ensure program success, your Service Representative can provide bilingual educational materials to support your program.
|Please DO NOT recycle:|
An average office worker can dispose of 1/2 pound of waste paper each day. Use the following equation to see how much paper you could be recycling:
___ number of employees x 0.5 lbs. of paper per day x 240 working days ÷ 2000
= ___ tons of paper your company discards annually
Effective July 1, 2020, MCR and MORe covered businesses must provide organics and recycling containers for customers to collect waste generated from products purchased and consumed on the premises (AB 827, McCarty). These containers must be placed adjacent to trash and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked.
AB 827 requirements were added to existing AB 341 and AB 1826 requirements. The new law, passed in 2019, builds off existing requirements under these two laws.
In October of 2014 California adopted Assembly Bill 1826, requiring all businesses to recycle their organic waste beginning April 1, 2016. The phase-in of this mandate helps California to achieve its overall waste diversion (75% by 2020) and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
Requirements for Businesses: Businesses, including public entities, that generate organic waste (food or green waste) are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services. See Implementation Dates below.
Business Organic Waste Includes:
Requirements for Multi-family Properties: Multi-family properties of 5 units or more are required to arrange for organic waste recycling services.
Multi-family Organic Waste Includes:
April 1, 2016, Businesses generating 8 cubic yards per week of organics and multi-family properties of 5 units or more shall arrange for organics recycling service.
January 1, 2017, Businesses generating 4 cubic yards per week of organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.
January 1, 2019, Businesses generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste shall arrange for organics recycling service.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1826 requires all businesses, public entities, and multifamily dwellings with five (5) units or more, that generate four (4) cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week, to arrange for organics recycling service. The definition of commercial solid waste was further clarified through AB 1398 and includes the total amount of trash, recycling, and organics generated on a weekly basis.
RDS can conduct free on-site visits to help businesses and multifamily properties comply with the state’s new mandatory recycling requirements. Contact our Customer Service office by phone or submit a fast and easy online request to arrange for organic waste recycling services.
Currently in San Diego County, there is adequate capacity for recycling landscape and clean wood; however, the infrastructure needed to meet the demand for diverting all food waste is still under development. Therefore, we will be working closely with food waste generating customers through the following tiered approach:
CLICK HERE for tips on food waste diversion.
In the United States alone, a shockingly 40% of food is uneaten, wasted and thrown out. This results in an unfortunate misuse of resources needed to grow, process and transport food while wasting money and accelerating climate changes. We as consumers are the largest producers of food waste, believe it or not, exceeding the grocery stores and restaurants combined! So, the smallest changes we make add up and make a huge difference. Preventing food waste in the first place typically offers the most significant financial and environmental benefits. Below are some food waste prevention tips from Save The Food:
AB 341 and the County of San Diego Solid Waste Ordinance require that businesses and public entities that have trash service levels of four cubic yards or greater, or multi-family units with four or more units, shall arrange for recycling service. Hospitality businesses (those that sell food or drinks, either to-go or to be consumed on premise) are required to recycle regardless of the service level.
You may also donate or sell your recyclable material, however, if you do not use a county-approved franchise hauler for recycling service, you must provide the County with proof that you are participating in a recycling program. Please contact the County’s Recycling Section at (858) 694-2463 for details. County of San Diego Solid Waste Ordinance (Section 68.571) requires that residents and businesses shall only place designated recyclables in a recycling container and keep them separate from trash.
Over the past year, there have been global concerns over recyclable material quality and these expectations are not going away.
Nearly 60% of recyclable materials generated in California are currently exported to China and other Asian markets. As a result, processing mills throughout the country and the world are demanding recycling facilities ship only recyclables with less than one percent contamination which is a significant change in material requirement standards. A minimal amount of contamination such as garbage, green waste or other debris can ruin a complete load of recyclable material. Quality of recyclable material can impact your costs should contamination require recycling being dumped as trash.
Please help us prevent and reduce contamination of recyclable material by reviewing the guidelines below and seeing what materials are accepted in our residential recycling program.
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