Business Recycling Program
The California State mandatory recycling law that went into effect on July 1,2012, AB341 sets a 75% recycling goal for California by 2020, the most ambitious in the nation. The law originated with the intentions of keeping California at the leading edge of recycling, creating more green jobs and keeping waste out of the landfills. The law requires all businesses that generate four (4) or more cubic yards of garbage per week and multi-family dwellings with five (5) or more units to recycle. To learn more visit: protectyourcentralcoast.org – Business Recycling tab or Calrecycle.ca.gov – Business & Industry tab.
Tips to Reduce Waste at Work
Use less — re-use more
- Use ceramic coffee mugs instead of throw-aways. Buy used or new plates and utensils for the kitchen area.
- Avoid Styrofoam cups, bowls and plates. Styrofoam is NOT recyclable.
- Buy recycled content supplies such as copy paper and restroom supplies.
- Use and maintain durable equipment and supplies. High quality, long-lasting supplies and equipment that can be repaired easily mean fewer discards. Durable items stay out of the waste stream longer, offsetting higher initial costs.
- Use re-fillable toner cartridges.
- Set up a re-use area where employees can drop off unneeded supplies rather than throwing them away and encourage staff to “shop” there.
- Exchange, sell, or give away unneeded goods for re-use. Donate excess food, used furniture, and other materials to local organizations such as homeless shelters or charities.
- Reduce unwanted or duplicate mailings. Share subscriptions to professional magazines. For tips to get off unwanted mailing lists, visit calrecycle.ca.gov.
Reduce paper use
- Set printers and copiers to default to double-sided copies.
- Make double-sided photocopies. Post instructions on wall in front of copy machine.
- Use both sides of the page. Draft reports can be printed on the back of paper that has been used once.
Reduce packaging and shipping materials
- Eliminate unnecessary layers of packaging.
- Ask suppliers to take back pallets or switch to more durable pallets that can be re-used.
- Investigate other reusable packaging.
- Re-use received boxes and packaging for outgoing shipments.
- Ship merchandise in returnable/reusable containers.
- Shred or crumple waste paper for use as packing material.
Collect bulky items for special handling
- Set up electronic waste collection area for all items that contain electronic parts.
- Collect light bulbs and tubes, batteries, paint and other chemicals.
- Recycling saves energy, cuts air pollution and helps limit climate change.
- Recycling reduces the need to create more landfills.
- Items you recycle are sent to factories and made into new products.
- When you recycle paper, fewer trees are cut.
- Recycling metal and glass reduces mining.
Recycle the following items:
- Plastic items – all plastic items except Styrofoam. Recycle plastic bottles, jugs, tubs, microwave food trays, broken toys, plastic storage containers, disinfecting wipes containers, clear plastic clam-shell containers, nursery pots, broken plastic lawn furniture, CD’s, video and audio cassettes, totes, in-baskets, other miscellaneous plastic items. Just remember, NO Styrofoam peanuts, food trays, or packaging blocks.
- Plastic bags in a bag – clean, dry, bagged and tied into one plastic bag. Include shopping bags, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, bread bags & other plastic films. Do not place single, loose bags in your recycling bin.
- Tin and aluminum cans – rinsed
- Glass bottles and jars – rinsed
- Scrap metal – smaller than 12″ x 12″, spare parts, pie pans, foil, pots and pans, metal desk trays, mail sorting dividers, small storage trays. (Recycle items larger than 12″ x 12″ at the Waste and Recycling Drop Off)
- Paper and cartons – junk mail, office paper, magazines and catalogs, paper bags, newspaper, tissue boxes, latex gloves boxes, office supply cartons, etc.
- Cardboard – All boxes except waxed cardboard, please flatten so that they do not take up so much room.
Do NOT place in recycling container:
- Styrofoam – NO peanuts, blocks, cups, trays
- Food waste
- Soiled paper or cardboard
- Window glass or drinking glasses
- Pyrex or pottery
- Toilet paper, tissues, napkins, paper towels
- Electronic items or light bulbs/tubes
- Hazardous waste or batteries
If lining recycling bins, please use clear liners, NEVER black bags.
Recycle the right items!
Business Recycling Brochure (4.2 MiB)