This bill establishes requirements for department reports relating to the state goal to reduce, recycle and compost solid waste.

Requirements for department reports on solid waste handling

Public Resources Code 41780.02
Amended by A.B. No. 341

Effective: January 1, 2014

By January 1, 2014, departments are required to submit reports to Legislature with their plans to achieve the state goal to reduce, recycle and compost at least 75 percent of solid waste by 2020. Reports will include:

  • a review and update of information focusing on trends in resource management;
  • identification of problematic waste sources and suggestions on how to improve handling these sources;
  • evaluation of the effectiveness of current programs and suggestions for improvement;
  • recommendations for reprioritizing existing resources;
  • recommendations for legislative changes necessary to achieve state goals;
  • reports on any regulatory changes made to achieve state goals; and
  • any other information the department deems necessary.

Departments may hold assemblies to obtain public opinion.

Editor’s note— Although these recycling regulations do not directly apply to residential housing, the impact of this bill will be substantial for businesses and homes.

 

This bill establishes requirements for multifamily residential dwellings and businesses generating commercial solid waste to provide recycling services.

Recycling requirements for multifamily residential dwellings and businesses

Public Resources Code 42649.2
Amended by A.B. No. 341

Effective: July 1, 2012

Beginning July 1, 2012, multifamily residential dwellings of five or more units and any business that generates more than four cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week must arrange for recycling services. Recycling is required to the extent that services are reasonably available from a local service provider.

Businesses producing solid waste are required to complete at least one of the following actions:

  • separate recyclable materials from solid waste and subscribe to a recycling service that provides collection, hauling and arranged pickup of recyclable materials;
  • subscribe to a recycling service that separates mixed waste; or
  • require tenants of multifamily residential dwellings to separate their recyclable materials.