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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 existing programs and make sure you have the resources you need. For a summary of all our services and outreach resources, please refer to our comprehensive commercial brochure.

Depending on the 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 Legislation

AB 341 – Commercial Recycling – Download our AB 341 Guide

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.

SB 1383 – Organics and Edible Food Recovery

Download our general SB 1383 Guide

SB 1383 builds upon California’s leading commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution statewide. SB1383 will require all businesses and residents to divert organic materials (including food waste, yard waste, and soiled paper products) from the landfill. Starting January 1st, 2022 regulations will take effect and State enforcement begins. The law also requires the state to increase edible food recovery by 20% by 2025. To learn more and review CalRecycle resources and education about Senate Bill 1383, click here.  Our business brochure and property manager brochure are also available to provide more information pertaining to your respective needs.

AB 1826 – Commercial Organics

Download our AB 1826 Guide

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 2 cubic yards of solid waste (solid waste is the total of trash, recycling, and 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 to 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 recycling and compost programs on an ongoing basis via e-mail, meetings, newsletters, and sorting guides.
  2. Place signage near every collection 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 to help champion 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 notepaper. Purchase paper made with recycled content.
  6. Use washable mugs instead of paper or foam 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. Shred or bunch up old paper or catalogs to use as packing material. Ask vendors to avoid using excessive packaging, and reuse packaging materials whenever possible. Foam 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.