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What are the other requirements for Businesses, Organizations and Agencies?

1. Supply and allow access to adequate number, size and location of collection containers with sufficient labels or colors for employees, contractors, tenants and customers to separate recyclable materials, organic waste and refuse for collection or self-hauling. 

2. Provide containers for the separate collection of recyclable materials and organic waste in all indoor and outdoor areas where disposal containers are provided for customers, for materials generated by that business, organization or agency. Such containers do not need to be provided in restrooms. If a business, organization or agency does not generate any of the materials that would be collected in one type of container, then that business, organization or agency does not have to provide that particular container in all areas where disposal containers are provided for customers. The containers provided by businesses, organizations and agencies are required to have either:

  • A body and/or lid that is blue for recyclable materials and green for organics, although functional containers that do not comply with these requirements do not need to be replaced prior to the end of the useful life of those containers or prior to January 1, 2036, whichever comes first. 
  • Container labels that include language or graphic images, or both, indicating the primary material accepted and the primary materials prohibited in that container, or containers with imprinted text or graphic images that indicate the primary materials accepted and primary materials prohibited in the container. The container labeling requirements are required on new containers acquired on or after February 19, 2022.

3. To the extent practical through education, training, inspection, and/or other measures, prohibit employees from placing materials in a container not designated for those materials or, if self-hauling, per the business, organization or agency’s instructions to support its compliance with self-haul program as described below.  

4. Periodically inspect recyclable materials, organics and solid waste collection containers for contamination and inform employees if containers are contaminated and of the requirements to keep contaminants out of those containers.

5. Annually provide information to employees, contractors, tenants, and customers about organic waste recovery requirements and about proper sorting of materials for the recyclable materials and organic materials collection program.

6. Provide education information before or within fourteen (14) days of occupation of the premises to new tenants that describes requirements to keep materials collected in the recyclable materials and organic materials collection program separate from other solid waste materials and the location of containers and the rules governing their use at each property.