Mandatory Recycling Requirements for Commercial Customers

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Orgaincs Recycling (AB 1826) & Commercial Recycling (AB 341)


Mandatory Commercial Recycling Information Overview Brochure

Commercial Recycling "What You Need to Know" Flyer

 Is Your Business or Multifamily Residential Dwelling Affected?

State legislation (AB 341) mandates businesses and public entities generating four (4) cubic yards or more of waste per week and multifamily residential dwellings with five (5) units or more to recycle.

All businesses and multifamily residential dwellings are encouraged to take advantage of recycling programs and select any combination of the following to divert commercial solid waste from disposal:

·         Subscribe to recycling services from Burrtec

·         Arrange for the pickup of recyclable materials

·         Self-haul recyclables to a recycling center

·         Utilize mixed-waste processing services

More details can be found at

It is important for business and multifamily residential dwellings to be proactive and contact their solid waste recycling service provider to ensure they are receiving the recycling services necessary to comply with AB 341.

A property owner of a commercial business or a multifamily residential dwelling may require tenants to source separate their recyclable materials to aid in compliance.

How will compliance be monitored?

Jurisdictions (cities & counties) are required to assess whether affected generators (businesses/multifamily residential dwellings) are complying with the requirement to recycle. They are also required to identify and notify businesses that are not in compliance and inform them of the requirement to recycle and how they can recycle.

Let Burrtec Assist You in Establishing Your Recycling Program!

Starting a recycling program is not the same for everyone; however the first step is to assess the materials (or waste) that your business or multifamily residential dwelling generates. Then choose the right size of both trash and recycling bins that will suit your needs. Finally, and most importantly, educate your staff or tenants on the right materials for each bin. While the steps can be few they are important.

Burrtec Recycling Coordinators can assist in establishing a program, along with providing the necessary education and outreach. Call our Customer Service Department today to schedule a complimentary waste and recycling survey.

Recycling Considerations: Make Your Program a Success!

Ensuring that your recycling program is successful depends on a few key elements; most importantly assistance from employees and residents. Here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction.

·         Post signage to remind employees or residents to recycle specific items (cardboard, paper, etc.). Communication is essential. Newsletters and flyers also reinforce the message.

·         Placement of recycling cans next to trash cans increases the chances of getting more recyclables into the correct container.

·         Emptying recycling bins into the proper recycling dumpster will ensure that your business or multifamily residential dwelling is doing their part to lower costs and reduce landfill waste.      

Recyclable Material Examples:

·         Aerosol cans (empty)

·         Aluminum foil and trays

·         Cans: aluminum, bi-metal and tin

·         Corrugated cardboard

·         Glass jars and bottles

·         Magazines and catalogs

·         Mixed paper: brown bags, cereal boxes, colored paper, computer paper, construction paper, cracker boxes, envelopes, junk mail, legal pad backings, paper egg cartons, shoe boxes and white paper

·         Newspaper, including inserts and coupons

·         Plastic containers (# 1– 7)

·         Scrap metal

·         Styrofoam*

·         Telephone books


Mandatory Organics Recycling (AB 1826) 

How To Start Your Food Waste Program

Burrtec Landscape Products

Mandatory Organics Legislation Information

Source Separated Food Waste Information

 Food waste program—commercial businesses are recycling food waste and turning into compost, including restaurants, country clubs and deli’s.

Agricultural land application—using processed residential greenwaste as mulch for agriculture.

Mulches and soil amendments—using self-haul and commercial greenwaste and wood waste to make mulches and soil amendments.

Biomass wood fuel—wood and brush used as fuel to generate electricity.

Compost—using residential greenwaste and commercial food waste as feedstock.

Alternative Daily Cover (ADC)— use landfill ADC as an outlet for material.


Below is a letter distributed to all Commercial Customers in 2011. Please review.

Dear Customer,

You are receiving this letter because our records indicate that recent legislative action will affect your waste service effective July 1, 2012.

Components of State Assembly Bill 341 set forth requirements for a statewide mandatory commercial recycling program. Burrtec Waste & Recycling, in partnership with the City of Cathedral City, is providing this information in an effort to help you reach and maintain compliance with the new law.

Business Commercial Mandatory Recycling Requirements

Effective July 1, 2012- A business (including public entities) that generates four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week must have a recycling program in place. CalRecycle, the state agency that monitors compliance, advises businesses to contact their local recycling coordinator to find out how to recycle in their communities. Your recycling coordinator may be reached through Burrtec Waste & Recycling. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

Recycling benefits identified by CalRecycle include:

  • Opportunities for businesses or multifamily complexes to save money.
  • Creating jobs in California by providing materials for recycling manufacturing facilities.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Keeping valuable materials out of landfills.
  • Creating a healthy environment for the community and future generations by recovering natural resources.

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Salciccioli
    District Environmental Coordinator
    Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services
    41575 Eclectic Street
    Palm Desert, Ca 92260
    Office: (760) 324-6918 Cell: (760) 275-4448 

    Deanna Pressgrove 
     Environmental Conservation Manager 
    City of Cathedral City 
    68-700 Ave Lalo Guerrero 
    Cathedral City CA 92234 
    Office: (760) 770-0369