A State of California Bill (AB 341) directed by CalRecycle
mandating commercial recycling within the State of California went into effect July 1, 2012.
The goal of AB 341 is to increase the statewide recycling rates to 75% by 2020. On July 1 2012, regulations stated that businesses and public entities that generate four cubic yards or more of waste per week and Multi-Family units of five or more be required to recycle. The purpose of this law is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts and expand opportunities for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.
Additional information provided by CalRecycle that addresses AB 341 can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions
The Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML), Sierra Conservation Project
(SCP) and Mammoth Disposal
(MD) are taking active steps to assist businesses and multi-family residences to comply with new and existing regulations.
The following recycling programs are currently available within the TOML:
- Commercial cardboard recycling
- Restaurant and bar programs
- Lodging and hospitality programs
- Business recycling
- Multi-family/Apartment recycling
- Office recycling
- Residential recycling
- Aluminum, plastic, and glass
- Used oil and batteries
Some of the benefits of recycling identified by CalRecycle are creating jobs in California, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, keeping valuable materials out of landfills, and creating a healthy environment for the community and future generations by recovering natural resources.