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Commercial Service

New Grey Bin

According to CalRecycle, in California about 50% of landfilled materials come from the commercial sector. Currently, the commercial sector throughout the RecycleSmart service area is only recycling about 23% of the waste they produce. That means, as community partners, we need to put more focus on helping businesses recycle. Recycling is also required by the State of California. AB341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling requires certain businesses to recycle.


The new services are designed to make it easy for commercial customers to reduce waste and recycle more.

  • As part of your garbage service fee, you can receive recycling services and organic services (landscaping trimmings & food scraps) at no additional cost.
  • Free waste stream analysis to determine your service level needs.

  • 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:



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:

  • cardboard
  • plastic bags/film (bag-in-bag)
  • newspapers
  • glass bottles
  • aluminum (scraps and cans)
  • junk mail
  • white and mixed paper
  • tin
  • plastics
  • magazines
  • telephone books


Q. I am concerned about the costs for adding an additional service. What can I expect to pay for recycling?


A. 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 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 authority@recyclesmart.org or call 925-906-1801.