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CalRecycle Approves Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations

January 27, 2012
On Jan. 17, CalRecycle approved its Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations. These regulations, which were previously being considered by the California Air Resources Board under AB 32, require that all local jurisdictions in California implement a commercial solid waste recycling program comprising education, outreach and monitoring of businesses. Jurisdictions are also required to report on the progress achieved in implementing its commercial recycling program. For background, please read the Oct. 21 CA Cities Advocate story "Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulations to Now Be Adopted by CalRecycle."

In late February, the League will be hosting a free webinar to educate city officials and staff on the new regulations. More information on that webinar will be available next week.

The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has been active on this issue in the last few years, developing resources to help local agencies increase commercial recycling. ILG's resources include a sample commercial recycling ordinance, sample education flyer templates for businesses and apartments, stories about successful commercial recycling programs and a commercial recycling resource center.

To get more information about ILG's free resources please visit their website.

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