Commercial & Multi-Family Recycling

Commercial and multi-family properties will also be offered additional services included recycling and organics collection. Commercial and multi-family properties will also see a decrease in their waste collection rate.

Please note: Accounts with service of four cubic yards or more of waste are required by the State to recycle (AB 341) and have an organics waste program (AB 1826). Universal Waste Systems (UWS) will be contacting mandated customers to set up these programs. Customers, who have their own existing program or use third-party vendors, must fill out the Self Certification form to obtain an exemption. Please call the Universal Waste Systems Customer Service Hotline at 800-631-7016 for further information. In addition, if UWS has not picked up your bin, only use your new bin when you receive it.

Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

With the passage of AB 341 (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011 [Chesbro, AB 341]). California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills.

  • State mandatory recycling for businesses and multi-family properties began July 1, 2012.
  • AB 341 requires all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of waste weekly and apartment communities/multi-family housing with five or more units to recycle.
  • Recycling helps conserve resources and extends the life of California's landfills. It also helps create a healthy environment for our community and future generations. For more information about California's mandatory recycling law, AB 314, visit the CalRecycle website.

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law

In 2014, AB 1826 Chesbro (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2014) was signed into law, requiring businesses, including apartment communities/multi-family housing with five or more units, to recycle organic waste based on the amount of waste generated each week. Organic Waste includes:

  • Food waste
  • Food-soiled paper
  • Green waste
  • Landscape and pruning waste
  • Nonhazardous wood waste

Details

Note: Multi-family housing units are not required to have a food waste diversion program, but must recycle green/landscaping waste.

  • Businesses and multi-family housing units generating eight cubic yards or more of organic waste per week were required to have organics recycling in place by April 1, 2016.
  • Businesses and multi-family housing units generating four cubic yards of organic waste per week must arrange to recycle their organics by January 1, 2017.
  • Businesses and multi-family housing units generating four cubic yards of solid waste per week must arrange to recycle their organics by January 1, 2019.
  • For more information about California's mandatory organics recycling law, visit the CalRecycle website.

Additional Commercial Services

Bulky item pickup is available to commercial businesses. If you would like to find out more, please call our customer service department at 800-631-7016.