California Law Regarding Recycling
The State of California, in an effort to preserve vital resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain a healthy and sustainable environment, has implemented AB 341, requiring all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste per week, and all multi-family properties with five or more units, to recycle. Property owners of a commercial business or multi-family property may require tenants to source separate their recyclables for the unit to gain compliance.
Newport Beach Municipal Code
Newport Beach residents and businesses cherish the quality of our environment. In an effort to preserve our City's environment, the City Council has updated the Municipal Code to align with California laws requiring businesses to divert food waste, yard waste and other recyclables from landfills. Lack of compliance with the commercial recycling laws may trigger escalating fines from $100 for the first offense to $500 for any subsequent offense.
Businesses and multi-family complexes can meet the mandatory recycling requirements by taking one or more of the following actions:
- Work with your trash collectors to implement a recycling program. For information on how to contact your hauler, use the Franchise Hauler list.
- Sign up for an waste recycling service or a mixed-waste processing service that specifically separates recyclables.
- Self-haul recycling. Note, the City may require you to provide proof that you are self-hauling or a permit to self-haul.
All waste collectors serving Newport Beach are familiar with the City and State recycling requirements and are ready to help you gain compliance. If you need additional assistance with implementing recycling at your business, please contact the Public Works Department, Municipal Operations Division at 949-644-3055.
When recyclables like paper, plastic and metal are disposed as trash, they are less likely to be recycled and often times, end up in local landfills. Once in a landfill, these materials will never be reused. Recycling reduces the need to cut down trees for paper, mine for raw materials to make metal and refine petroleum to make plastic.
For additional information, please visit the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) websites below: