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Mandatory Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling

The City of Tracy would like to inform businesses and multi-family complexes in our community about new laws regarding recycling.  The State of California has passed two new bills regarding commercial and multi-family recycling regulations, Assembly Bill 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) and Assembly Bill 341.  The purpose of the new laws is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (use less natural resources and reduce emissions by manufacturing products from recycled materials) in the State by diverting commercial solid waste through recycling programs.

Approximately 66 percent of California’s solid waste is generated from the commercial sector and 9 percent is from multi-family residential complexes.  In order for the State to see further reductions in emissions, they are requiring all cities by July 1, 2012 to have a mandatory recycling program for all businesses that generate four cubic yards of refuse or more per week and any multi-family complex with five or more units. 

The City’s role is to provide a recycling program that includes outreach and educational materials.  It is the responsibility of businesses to determine if they are required to participate and to implement the program.  Those businesses that are not required to participate are still strongly encouraged to recycle.  Recycling is better for the environment and can save money.  If you currently have recycling in place, you are in compliance with AB32 and AB341. 

As the recycling coordinator for the City of Tracy, I am available to assist your business or multi-family complex in implementing a recycling program.  The City’s recycling hauler, Tracy Disposal, is also available to assist in establishing a program that best fits your business needs.  A business or multi-family recycling program will not only help your business reduce the amount of waste you are sending to the landfill, but could reduce the size garbage containers you have or the number of pickups. 

The City of Tracy is committed to reducing the amount waste that is generated in our community and to reduce our carbon footprint.  Recycling programs will help the City to achieve these goals and also help to decrease the amount of natural resources used to make products we use every day.  Increasing public awareness on the importance of recycling will benefit all of us and our future generations. 

Here is the link if you would like to read more about the State mandated bills, www.calrecycle.ca.gov/recycle/commercial/.   If you have any questions or would like to start your program or if you would like to expand your current recycling program to further reduce your carbon footprint, please feel free to contact me at 209-831-6300, email connie.vieira@cityoftracy.org, or contact Tracy Disposal at 209-835-0601, email jennifer@tdswm.com.

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