Commercial Recycling

New Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation

AB 341 (Chesbro) requires businesses and public entities that generate four or more cubic yards of commercial solid waste per week or multifamily residential dwellings of five units or more to arrange for recycling services by July 1, 2012.

What Your Business Must Do by July 1, 2012:

Commercial waste generators must take at least one, or any combination, of the following actions:

  1. Separate recyclable materials from solid waste and subscribe to a basic level of recycling service that includes collection, self-hauling, or other arrangements for the pickup of the recyclable materials.
  2. Subscribe to a recycling service that may include mixed waste processing that yields diversion results comparable to source separation.


  1. A property owner of a commercial or a multifamily complex may require tenants to source separate recyclable materials to aid in compliance with AB 341.
  2. According to the new law:
    Jurisdictions are required to inform the businesses/public entities/multifamily complexes of the state requirement to recycle.