• California Mandatory Recycling for Businesses and Apartments Hits 1-Year Mark

    Local Organizations Provide Free Help to Start Recycling Programs

    July 1, 2013 marks one year since the state law mandating recycling programs for schools, businesses and multifamily residences became effective. The mandatory recycling law known as AB341 applies to all multifamily residences (apartments, condominiums, townhomes) with 5 or more units, and to commercial and institutional customers with waste service of 4 cubic yards or more each week.

    AB341 sets a 75 percent recycling goal for California by 2020, the most ambitious in the nation. The law originated with the intentions of keeping California at the leading edge of recycling, creating more green jobs, and keeping waste out of our landfills. The local impacts of achieving the 75 percent recycling goal equate to an additional 3,000 tons of recycling per day, resulting in saving 21 million gallons of water per day, saving enough energy to power 12,000 homes, a daily reduction of 90 tons of air pollutants, and creating more than 2,000 new jobs.

    “While recycling is a proven job-creator, it can also be good for local business in more direct ways,” says Lisa Jensema, Recycling Coordinator for the County of San Benito. “For business owners and property managers, proper recycling can significantly reduce waste service costs, boost employee or tenant morale, and help attract new customers.”

    In San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, all local waste collection programs offer commingled or mixed recycling pick up services. Mixed recycling is now the standard, allowing designated recyclable items to be mixed together – glass, plastics, paper, cardboard and metals – in the recycling collection bin.

    In the tri-county area, a partnership of 24 public agencies and 5 private companies was founded in 2000 with a goal to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Better known by their ProtectYourCentralCoast.org moniker, these agencies offer waste audit and recycling program design services at no cost to help businesses and residents in their areas set up customized recycling programs.

    Property managers or businesses that need help implementing a recycling program, or in understanding what can and cannot be recycled, are invited to contact their local waste hauler, city or county organization for assistance. The website ProtectYourCentralCoast.org offers direct links to locate the service provider for each community.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 23, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Green


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