How new is this law….really? Apparently not so new. Its been in the books since 2012.
The Mandatory Recycling law has been in effect for commercial and multifamily properties since 2012.
This is the original recycling law words: California law requires certain commercial businesses and multifamily properties to have recycling collection services. Those services include mandatory collection of organic materials such as food scraps, food-soiled paper and landscaping trimmings.
What’s New for this year? Business must now have organic waste recycling services.
Businesses if they generate two (2) cubic yards or more of trash and recycling combined per week must have organic waste recycling services. Organics include food, yard trimmings, nonhazardous wood, and food soiled paper. 2 cubic yards are equal to 4 96 gal trash can.
SB 1383 Regulations taking effect 1.1.2022.
Effective January 1, 2022 all businesses and multifamily complexes will be required to subscribe to organics collection, which includes food waste and yard trimmings.
To kind of clear up all the above. You know when you go into Panera Bread and there is a sign that says all left over baked items are donated every night to a local food bank that is the recycling law. Ugly food, Misfits Foods, Imperfect foods, is recycling the misshaped, ugly fruit and veg’s. It’s still good, just not “pleasing” to the eye.
None of the above applies to you or me.
What does apply is the new way we are using our trash cans. These are our new rules. In the trash where we had only put yard waste is now expanding to ALL food waste…… Discarded vegetables, fruits, meats, cheese, bones AND Food-Soiled Paper Napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, paper cups and plates, greasy pizza boxes, waxed cardboard food boxes.
SOOO who is paying for the change? You are of course. A survey found most local city governments expect trash collection rates to go up less than 20%, or more. Expect charges to go up more. Costa Mesa, who jumped in early on the curbside green recycling, estimates that over nine years, monthly rates will have risen a total of $6.10, to $24.10 a month, by 2023-24.
It gets even better.
To be sure, Big Brother will be watching our trash getting dumped into the trucks. Beginning in 2024, the state will allow fines for those who contaminate the organic waste trashcan. The 1st offense can cost anywhere from $40 to $100. After that $500.
DO NOT START THE NEW RECYCLING UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE NEW CONTAINER.