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Business Recycling Program

The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper each year. Twenty-five billion Styrofoam cups end up in landfills every year, many of which come from office break rooms and cafeterias. An integrated approach to recycling and waste reduction can provide appreciable cost savings to businesses. Initial costs to get the service "up and running" will, in the long run, be offset by reduced trash disposal fees and less waste creation.

Free waste audits are available to local businesses to determine what part of your waste stream is actually recyclable. Call the Recology Yuba-Sutter Recycling Coordinator at (530) 749-4220 or email jsillman@recology.com to schedule an analysis of your business' waste stream and get recommendations for increasing your recycling efforts. There is no charge for this service.

Curbside Recycling Program

A Curbside Recycling program, similar to the program offered to residences, is available to businesses and organizations. Larger blue recycling carts are typically provided for this service and smaller collection containers suitable for interior spaces are also available. This program is provided at no cost to the participants as part of rate funded services.

Please see the list of acceptable items listed for the residential curbside recycling program on the curbside recycling page.

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California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

Mandatory Commercial Recycling was one of the measures adopted by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) in the Assembly Bill 32 Scoping Plan that was prepared pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Chapter 488, Statutes of 2006). The California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure focuses on increased commercial waste recycling as a method to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law was adopted by CalRecycle and applies to:

  • Businesses, including non-profit organizations; mobile home parks; schools; and, local, state and federal agencies that dispose of four cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste per week; and,
  • Multi-family residential dwellings of five units or more regardless of the amount of waste disposed per week.

By July 1, 2012, each of the entities in the above categories is required to recycle recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metals, food and yard waste. The recycling of these materials can be accomplished through the cardboard and commercial curbside recycling programs offered by Recology Yuba-Sutter or through each entities' own efforts. Information regarding available cardboard and commercial curbside recycling programs is provided above. Local recycling centers are listed on the Recycling Centers page and local reuse opportunities are listed on the Reuse Opportunities page.

The Regional Waste Management Authority is required to provide public education and outreach and to monitor compliance of applicable Yuba-Sutter business and multi-family entities with the California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law. This will be done through working with Recology Yuba-Sutter to identify entities that are required to comply with the California Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law and that are not known to be participating in a recycling program. These entities will be surveyed regarding participation in other recycling efforts and to provide advice regarding the requirements of the Law.

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California Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law

The California Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling Law (AB 1826) established by the State of California in 2014 applies to:

  • Businesses, including non-profit organizations; mobile home parks; schools; and, local, state and federal agencies that generate four or more cubic yards of organic wastes (food, garden and landscape waste, including landscape and pruning wastes that are removed by a landscape service) per week; and,
  • Multi-family housing complexes that generate four or more cubic yards of organic wastes (garden and landscape waste, including landscape and pruning wastes that are removed by a landscape service) per week.

How much is four (4) cubic yards? That would be a rectangular “pile” that is 3 feet high by 6 feet wide by 6 feet long.

By January 1, 2017, each of the entities in the above categories is required to recycle their organic waste types noted above. Pursuant to this law, the local jurisdictions are required to inform you as a potentially covered multi-family housing owner of the law; to inform you of available organic waste collection services; and, to monitor compliance with the law. To assist with meeting these requirements, Recology Yuba-Sutter is offering an organic waste recycling service. There is a charge for this service, but to minimize this cost, increasing recycling efforts of other materials such as paper, cardboard, bottles and cans and other food containers could help reduce overall service costs. Free waste audits are available to determine what part of your waste stream is actually recyclable and how to participate in the organic waste recycling service. Call or email the Recology Yuba-Sutter Recycling Coordinator at (530) 749-4220 and jsillman@recology.com to schedule a free waste audit.

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Cardboard Recycling

Businesses and organizations generating a significant amount of cardboard may also request a cardboard recycling bin at no additional charge. Participants are required to keep the cardboard bin free of contaminants. To participate in this program, please contact the Recology Yuba-Sutter Recycling Coordinator at (530) 749-4220 or email jsillman@recology.com.

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Other Recyclable Materials

Recycling centers in the Yuba-Sutter area accept a variety of recyclable materials, including bottles and cans, paper, cardboard and scrap metals. These recycling centers and the materials accepted at each are listed on the Recycling Centers page.

Businesses and organizations generating significant amounts of recyclable materials for which a local market has not been found or for which special collection may be desired, are encouraged to contact the Recology Yuba-Sutter Recycling Coordinator at (530) 749-4220 to discuss possible collection options or email jsillman@recology.com.

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