Many cities in California already mandate recycling by businesses, including San Francisco (which also has a composting mandate). However, state leaders are in the process of implementing a statewide recycling mandate. The new program, which will go into effect by January 1, 2012, will require businesses, apartment complexes, and mobile home parks to recycle their waste.

The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) is in the process of creating a draft of the program, which should be released in late 2009. “While far from completion, the program could follow the state's 20-year-old, single-family residential recycling law by establishing goals and then allowing cities and counties to implement compliance programs.” Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

The CIWMB works with cities, businesses, and organizations to support efforts to reduce waste in the state. Earlier this summer, the Board reported that through their efforts, 54 million tons of waste was diverted from California landfills. This is equal to a 58% reduction rate. The board’s ultimate goal is to achieve a Zero Waste California.

With the new recycling law aimed at businesses, apartment complexes, and mobile home communities, California will be even closer to their zero waste goal.

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