Technical Assistance

Waste Zero

Audits and Consultations
Our Waste Zero Team helps businesses apply best management practices in collecting recycling, compost and landfill materials. We provide a single point of contact to help you implement new recycling programs or improve your existing program and make sure you have the resources you need.

Depending on your type of business or residential property, the team will:

  • Visit your site to discuss sustainability goals, state and local recycling requirements and best practices for minimizing your waste stream.
  • Conduct audits of your waste stream to suggest bin sizing and reduced costs
  • Customize your service options and equipment to meet your needs
  • Provide signs, flyers, stickers, internal containers and staff training and presentations, at no additional cost

The Waste Zero Team is familiar with assisting all business types–from office buildings, hotels and hospitality, restaurants, hospitals, and shopping centers to large commercial residential properties (Multi-Family Dwellings).

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State Recycling Laws

AB 341 – Commercial Recycling
California Assembly Bill 341 (AB 341) mandates recycling for all businesses that generate more than 4 cubic yards of solid waste per week, and multifamily dwellings of 5 units or more. AB 341 is designed to reduce GHG emissions in the state by 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

In San Mateo County, businesses and property owners are able to subscribe to composting and recycling services to comply. Property owners of a commercial business or multifamily residential dwelling may also require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance.

*San Carlos businesses and multi-family dwellings with two (2) cubic yards or more of garbage per week must comply with the City’s mandatory commercial recycling and organics ordinance.

AB 1826 – Commercial Organics
In October 2014, California passed Assembly Bill 1826 (AB 1826), mandating all businesses and commercial establishments, including multi-family units, to arrange for organics recycling and hauling. Businesses generating a minimum of 4 cubic yards of organics per week must have a hauler and organics program in place. Organics include both food scraps and yard trimmings.

The goal of this legislation is avoid sending organic materials to landfill, therefore finding the best and highest use for these resources.

Smart Business: 10 Tips to Prevent Waste and Save Money
  1. Inform employees and tenants about the recycling and compost programs on an ongoing basis about your recycling and composting programs – e-mail, meetings, newsletters, and sorting guides.
  2. Place signage near every container – kitchens, bathrooms, common areas.
  3. Place a blue recycling container beside every desk, workstation, copier, printer and garbage container.
  4. Designate a recycling coordinator or leader to be in charge of your recycling programs.
  5. Make the most out of your paper. Purchase printers that allow double sided printing, or use the other side of paper for your copy and note paper. Purchase recycled paper.
  6. Use washable mugs instead of paper or Styrofoam cups, and use drinking glasses for tap water or water delivered in large bottles.
  7. Invest in washable cloth dish towels and napkins, reusable plates, bowls and utensils.
  8. Packing Materials: Shred or bunch up old paper or catalogs to use as packing material. Ask your vendors to avoid using excessive packaging, and reuse packaging materials whenever possible. Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, and most packing materials can be donated to packaging stores.
  9. Opt out of unwanted printed mailing lists:,,
  10. Invest in rechargeable batteries and battery chargers for digital cameras, flashlights, and other small devices. Designate a space for proper battery recycling.