We work closely with city and state government to ensure that our shared sustainability goals are made possible. The most impactful pieces of recycling legislation are AB 341 and, more recently, AB 1826.
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 Santa Clara County, businesses and public entities are able to subscribe to our composting and recycling 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.
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 8 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.