Alameda County Waste Management Authority Implements Commercial and Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance
On July 1, 2012, Alameda County Waste Management Authority Ordinance 2012-01 takes effect (in 12 of the 14 cities) in Alameda County requiring businesses generating four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week and all multi-family property owners (five units or more) to obtain a level of recycling service adequate for the amount of recyclables they generate. This local ordinance builds upon a California State law, AB 341 (also effective July 1, 2012), which requires the same commercial and multi-family accounts to have recycling services.
The local ordinance specifies what materials are to be recycled, including corrugated cardboard, newspaper, mixed recyclable paper, recyclable food and beverage glass containers, metal food and beverage cans and #1 and #2 plastic bottles. Those who self-haul loads of discards to local waste facilities are also required to separate the specified recyclables. Under the Alameda County Waste Management Authority ordinance, fines will be issued to businesses and multi-family properties not in compliance beginning in January 2013.
The local ordinance was adopted as a critical strategy to help Alameda County reach its long-term waste reduction goals — specifically to ensure that less than 10 percent of discards sent to landfills in 2020 are easily recyclable and compostable materials.
For additional information about the ordinance, including details about who is affected and what materials must be recycled, please visit http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/.
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Recycling Rules Alameda County