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New Commerical and Multi-Family Recycling Regulations

What You Need To Know About The Mandatory Recycling Requirements


Commercial, industrial, and construction/demolition activities comprise approximately 66 percent of statewide waste generation while large multi-family residential complexes generate almost nine percent of statewide solid waste.

Disposing of commercial waste that could otherwise be recycled and reused drains natural resources, harms California Environment, prevents economic growth and recycling sector job creation, and contributes to global warming.

While some commercial recycling already occurs, much of the commercial waste still disposed in landfills is easily recyclable. By increasing commercial recycling, businesses and multifamily complexes can reduce costly disposal fees and reclaim valuable resources.


The purpose of the State's mandatory commercial recycling regulation effective July 1, 2012, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste to recycling efforts and to expand the opportunity for additional recycling services and recycling manufacturing facilities in California.


July 1, 2012, Business and Local Jurisdiction Commercial Recycling Program Implementation.

For additional information please go to the CalRecycle website at

In support of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling regulation, the Commercial Climate Calculator was developed as part of the Cost Study on Commercial Recycling. This calculator is designed for virtually any California business or multifamily complex to assess the financial, climate change, and waste reduction/environmental benefits of reducing and recycling their discarded materials. Calculator can be found at If you have questions regarding the calculator, please contact Local Assistance and Market Development staff at or (916) 341-6199.

The Mandatory Commercial Recycling Regulation was adopted at the January 17, 2012, CalRecycle public meeting. The regulation, as it was adopted, is posted at€e anticipates submitting the regulation package to the Office of Administrative Law for approval shortly.

For more information, please contact CalRecycle's Mandatory Commercial Recycling Team at You may also contact Teri Wion at (916) 341-6374 or Marshalle Graham at (916) 341-6270.