New Grey Bin
According to 2008 Statewide Waste Characterization data, the statewide commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California. Currently, the commercial sector throughout the RecycleSmart service area is only recycling about 36% of the waste produced. That means, we need to place greater emphasis on helping businesses to start or expand recycling. Also, new State law, AB341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling now makes recycling mandatory for many larger businesses.
Ordinance 15-1 requires businesses, commercial, industrial, and multi-family premises with more than 5 units located within the CCCSWA service area (includes Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek and unincorporated central County areas including Alamo, Diablo and Blackhawk) to either subscribe to a basic level of recycling service or self-haul all recyclable materials to a CCCSWA-approved recycling center. Please click here for a copy of the Ordinance.
The new services are designed to make recycling easy for commercial customers helping them to reduce waste and recycle more.
As part of your landfill/garbage service fee, recycling and "organic" (landscape trimmings & food scraps) services are available at no additional cost.
Free analysis are available to determine your best service needs and billing rates.
Free recycling educational materials and workshops for your employees.
Look for new collection bins/carts. Coming to your building soon!
Use your blue bin/cart for recyclables (cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, etc.).
Use your green bin/cart for organics (landscape trimmings and food scraps & food-soiled paper, including paper towels, napkins, paper plates).
Use your grey bin/black cart for landfill/garbage (non-recyclable solid waste).
To learn more about services available to you, click on the brochure below:
You have questions; we have answers!
Q. Why are businesses being required to have a recycling program?
A. The State of California is requiring recycling to significantly decrease the amount of materials going to the landfill. Most of the materials businesses generate are readily recyclable. More information on this topic can be found at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/default.htm.
Q. What materials can I recycle at my business?
A. The majority of materials generated at your business are recyclable. Specialty items like electronic waste, office furniture and accessories, etc. that are reusable and/or recyclable can also be collected on an “as-needed” basis for an extra fee. Common recyclables that should be collected and recycled on a regular basis are:
- white and mixed paper
- plastic bags/film (bag-in-bag)
- glass bottles
- aluminum (scraps and cans)
- junk mail
- telephone books
Q. I am concerned about the costs for adding an additional service. What can I expect to pay for recycling?
A. There is no additional costs for adding recycling service. Recycling and food waste collection services are included in the price of the landfill (garbage) collection services. All commercial customers can receive recycling and food waste collection services at no additional charge.
Q. My business is located in a shopping center. Who is responsible for recycling, me or the shopping center?
A. Recycling activities are the responsibility of whoever pays for landfill (garbage) service. If you have your own landfill (garbage) collection service and are receiving a bill from Republic Services, then you will be responsible for setting up a recycling program at your business.
Q. Who should I contact if I have additional questions or concerns?
A. RecycleSmart staff is ready to help you and your business get started recycling, or even improve an existing program. Your questions, comments, and input are encouraged. You may email RecycleSmart at email@example.com or call 925-906-1801.