These containers must be placed adjacent to trash and be visible, easily accessible, and clearly marked. The goal of these directives is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts expanding the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.
Of particular interest to cities, due to COVID-19, if businesses are not allowed to have customers consume products onsite, they do not need to have the appropriate containers and signage for their customers to use. When customers are allowed to consume products onsite again, then businesses will need to have the containers and signage. Informing businesses about the law will depend on when the local jurisdiction allows customers to consume products onsite again.
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) is implementing these directives per AB 827
(McCarty, Chapter 441, Statutes of 2019). AB 827 builds off of existing legislation, AB 341
(Chesbro, Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011) and AB 1826
(Chesbro, Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014), which specify that local jurisdictions are required to provide education and outreach to businesses about recycling and organics recycling programs available in their jurisdiction.
CalRecycle has provided educational materials, which are designed to help local jurisdictions with education and outreach to assist businesses in understanding the law and how to comply. These materials include a brochure
, flyers for businesses
, and Frequently Asked Questions for Mandatory Commercial Recycling
and Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling