Many businesses in Riverside County already do a great job of recycling. They are helping to keep reusable resources out of the landfill and are reducing their own disposal costs. According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the commercial sector generates more than half of the solid waste in California (approximately 68 percent of waste disposed).
Recyclable material types can include, but are not limited to: paper, plastics, glass, metals, cardboard, green waste, food waste, and construction and demolition materials. While significant commercial recycling already occurs, much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills is clean enough to be recycled. With the passage of Mandatory Commercial Recycling (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341), California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills.
All businesses can benefit from recycling, and the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources wants to help you recycle as much as possible. Click on the links above to find additional information. Additional business waste reduction tips and resources can be found on CalRecyle’s website.
Five R’s of Responsible Waste Management - REDUCE, REPAIR, REUSE, RECYCLE, AND ROT.
If you commit to these five actions, there is little that must be thrown away. Choosing to follow the Five R’s ensures that resources are saved and/or reused, and the volume of waste is reduced. By keeping these actions in mind when purchasing, using, and disposing of materials, you will have done more than your share to keep our county clean and beautiful.