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.
Organic wastes are recyclable through composting and mulching, and through anaerobic digestions, which can produce renewable energy. In an effort to achieve California's recycling and greenhouse gas emission goals, the State has enacted Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling regulations. For detailed information on the requirements go to CalRecycle's website.
AB 1826 Legislation requires commercial businesses to arrange for recycling services for organic waste. Beginning April 1, 2016, businesses were required to recycle their organic waste in a phased in approach. As of January 1, 2019, generators of four cubic yards of solid waste per week shall also recycle their organic waste.
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.