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Solid Waste and Recycling Regulations
Assembly Bill 939 Integrated Waste Management Act
In 1989, Assembly Bill 939, known as the Integrated Waste Management Act, was passed due to the increase in the waste stream and the decrease in landfill capacity. As a result, the California Integrated Waste Management Board was established, and then the name changed to California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery or CalRecycle. The mandated responsibility of this department is to reduce waste, promote management of all waste materials to their highest best use, and to protect public health and the environment. To meet these responsibilities, the state legislature has given CalRecycle enforcement authority in local government waste diversion.
Assembly Bill 341 Mandatory Commercial Recycling
California Assembly Bill 341 requires all commercial businesses and multi-family properties to recycle. The legislation became effective July 1, 2012, and was designed to help meet California's recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020. For more information and background please see CalRecycle’s website here.
Assembly Bill 1826 Mandatory Organics Recycling
Assembly Bill 1826 requires businesses including multi-family buildings with five (5) or more units that generate a specified amount of organic waste (yard trimmings, food scraps, and food-soiled paper) per week to arrange for recycling services for that waste, and for jurisdictions to implement a recycling program to divert organic waste from businesses subject to the law, as well as report to CalRecycle on their progress in implementing an organic waste recycling program. For more information please see here.
Senate Bill 1383 Organic waste, Landfills
In September 2016, Senate Bill 1383 was signed into law, establishing methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. As it pertains to solid waste management, SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve a 50 percent reduction in the level of the statewide disposal of organic waste from the 2014 level by 2020 and a 75 percent reduction by 2025. The law grants CalRecycle the regulatory authority required to achieve the organic waste disposal reduction targets and establishes an additional target that not less than 20 percent of currently disposed edible food is recovered for human consumption by 2025.
For more information on how this regulation will affect the solid waste management jurisdictions (including the City of Laguna Niguel) please see here.
Implementation and Compliance
In order to protect the public health, safety and well-being, and for compliance with the State Regulations, the City has made arrangements with a solid waste contractor holding a franchise, contract, license or permit issued by the city for the collection of solid waste as set forth in above regulations.