AB 341

Assembly Bill 341 requires all businesses in California that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week or any Multi-Family complex with five units or more to take at least one of the following actions in order to reuse, recycle, compost, or otherwise divert commercial solid waste from disposal:

  • Source separate recyclable and/or compostable material from solid waste solid waste they are discarding and either self-haul, subscribe to a recycling program through a waste hauler, and/or otherwise arrange for the pick-up of the recyclable and/or compostable materials separately from the solid waste to divert them from disposal.

  • Subscribe to a service that includes mixed waste processing alone or in combination with other programs, activities or processes that divert recyclable and/or compostable materials from disposal, and yield diversion results comparable to source separation.

  • Property owners of commercial or multi-family complexes may require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials. Tenants must source separate their recyclable materials if required to by property owners of commercial or multi-family complexes.

Each business shall be responsible for ensuring and demonstrating its compliance with the requirements.

What is the definition of a "Business" according to the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations?

"Business" means any commercial or public entity, that generates more than four cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week, including, but not limited to, a firm, partnership, proprietorship, joint-stock company, corporation, or association that is organized as a for-profit or nonprofit entity, strip mall (e.g. property complex containing two or more commercial entities), industrial facility, school, school district, California State University, community colleges, University of California, special district or a federal, state, local, regional agency or facility. For purpose of this Chapter "business" also includes a multi-family residential dwelling of five untis or more, regardless of the amount of commercial solid waste generated.

AB 827

Effective July 1, 2020, MCR and MORe covered businesses must provide organics and recycling containers at front-of-house to collect waste generated from prducts purchased and consumed on the premises (AB 827, McCarty, Chapter 441, Statutes of 2019).  These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked.

This law impacts businesses that sell products meant for immediate consumption.

Full-service restaurants do not have to provide containers for patrons, but must provide containers for employees to separate post-consumer recyclables and organics for customers.

Useful MCR Links

Contact your waste hauler
Commercial Climate Calculator - This calculator is designed for virtually any California business or multifamily complex to assess the financial, climate change, and waste reduction/environmental benefits of reducing and recycling their discarded materials. In doing so, businesses can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and keep reusable and recyclable material out of landfills.