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New CalRecycle Directives Require Businesses to Provide Organics and Recycling Containers

July 14, 2020
Effective July 1, 2020, businesses subject to Mandatory Commercial Recycling and Organics Recycling (MCR and MORe) must provide recycling and organics containers to collect waste generated by customers from products they purchase and consume on the premises. 
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 schools, and Frequently Asked Questions for Mandatory Commercial Recycling and  Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling.

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